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Minnesota public safety agencies reeling from weekend tragedy; Speaker Johnson faces critical decision on Ukraine aid; Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs; MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays.

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Truckers for Trump threaten to strike over his massive civil fine for business fraud in New York City. Biden wants Norfolk Southern held accountable one year after an Ohio derailment and dangerous chemical spill and faith leaders call for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.

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Drones over West Texas aim to improve rural healthcare, the Ogallala Aquifer, the backbone of High Plains agriculture, is slowly disappearing and federal money is headed to growers of wool and cotton.


Texas' Travis and Collin counties had the highest percentage of people with an associate degree or higher in 2022. (Gorodenkoff/AdobeStock)

Monday, February 19, 2024

The TX college conundrum: Long-term vs. short-term rewards

Texas is making progress in the percentage of individuals who complete higher levels of education, but still lags behind the national average…

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School choice proponents in Texas argue their children's academic needs can't be met without options such as tuition vouchers. Straxer/AdobeStock)
Stagnant state funding leaves Texas public schools reeling

Texas public schools rank 41st in per-student funding, and that may not improve anytime soon. A large education funding package failed in the …

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Dentists say daily flossing is key for avoiding the development and progression of periodontal disease. (NewAfrica/Adobestock)
Dentists: Good oral hygiene, heathy diet prevent most tooth decay

Like the saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," good dental habits developed by children early in life can keep cavities at bay and prevent …

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The National PTA says setting boundaries and monitoring children's screen time is a responsibility, not an intrusion. (DimaBerlin/AdobeStock)
PTA urges parents, caregivers to participate in 'Safer Internet Day'

Most adults know it is dangerous to provide personal information online but children may not, and today's "Safer Internet Day" is meant to raise …

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Rural America represents 12% of the nation's workforce, but only 5% of the computer and math jobs. (BullRun/Adobe Stock)
Innovative tech jobs needed to help rural America rebound

By Ramona Schindelheim for WorkingNation.Broadcast version by Roz Brown for Texas News Service reporting for the WorkingNation-Public News Service Col…

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Election officials worry technology such as AI is growing faster than the regulatory tools available to keep it in check. (MoiraM/AdobeStock)
AI has potential to disrupt 2024 election in Texas, other states

The rise of artificial intelligence is raising alarm bells for election officials across the country. In Texas, Feb. 5 is the last day to register …

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Neighborhoods lacking sidewalks can discourage people from getting exercise which could improve their health. (JacobLund/AdobeStock)
TX health foundation broadens focus beyond the doctor's office

There are Texas ZIP codes where people with lower incomes and few health services have a 20-year difference in life expectancy than those who are more…

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A new report shows most states have increased their performance expectations for public schools in the past 15 years, but also reduced funding. (Victor/Adobe Stock)
Persistent state budget cuts create inadequate funding for TX schools

A new report shows persistent state budget cuts in 80% of U.S. states -- including Texas -- deprive public schools of the funding they experienced …

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More than half of students surveyed by YouthTruth said school math problems fail to inspire them.  (Svitlana/Adobe Stock)
Making math matter to America's high school students

Of all the classes taught in school, many students say math is the hardest and their least favorite subject, but many jobs require math and experts …

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The Texas Department of Transportation has approved a historic $142 billion in roadway spending over the next decade. (ABCDstock/Adobe Stock)
TX highway expansion comes with a human death toll

Texas road construction workers die at a higher rate than in any other state, and some believe it's because contractors aren't held accountable for …

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Government data show 44 million Americans owe $1.77 trillion in federal student loan debt. (VitaliiVodolazskyi/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
Americans are getting billions in student loan debt canceled

Public service is its own reward for many -- but as tuition costs soar, it is also an effective tool to reduce college loans. The Public Service …

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The U.S. Supreme Court has previously ruled that immigration laws can only be enforced by the federal government. (diy13/Adobe Stock)
Lawsuits mount over Texas' plan to jail illegal immigrants

Texas is the epicenter of the U.S. immigration debate, and now faces a lawsuit over plans to jail those whose enter the state illegally. The U.S…

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