News Affecting Texans

5 things patients should know about generic anti-seizure medications

Epilepsy is a chronic neurologic condition that affects about 50 million people worldwide, but there is currently no pharmaceutical cure for epilepsy. The hallmark symptom of epilepsy is repeated seizures,… ...

More Black Americans live in Texas than any other state. Two years after George Floyd’s murder, many reconsider their future here.

In interviews, Black Texans expressed frustration over uneven progress, restrictions on teaching about racism in public schools and limitations on their political representation and voting access. ...

Drought and record-breaking heat spur a South Texas water crisis

A century of enterprise brought the Rio Grande to its brink. Now authorities are “praying for a hurricane” as reservoirs dwindle and populations boom on both sides of the border. ...

Adam Barry to lead new Department of Health Behavior

Adam E. Barry, PhD, FAAHB, has been named head of the newly formed Department of Health Behavior at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health. Barry, professor and Presidential… ...

School of Nursing secures $4 million grant for mobile clinic

The Texas A&M University School of Nursing has received a four-year, $4 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop a mobile clinic program to serve… ...

What you can expect from our elections coverage

The Texas Tribune’s coverage of elections seeks to empower informed participation in our democracy. We hope to achieve that in five ways. ...

Shapiro to launch ads hitting Mastriano over ties to far-right social media site

Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro is launching a pair of attack ads targeting his opponent’s ties to the far-right social media network Gab. The campaign is putting more than… ...

Goulin Ma receives inaugural Research Excellence Award

Guolin Ma, PhD, research assistant professor with the Center for Translational Cancer Research at the Texas A&M Health Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT), has received the inaugural Research Excellence Award… ...

POV: How does monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox is caused by a virus that, despite periodic outbreaks, is not thought to spread easily from person to person and historically has not spurred long chains of transmission within… ...

Emergency preparedness should include plans for infectious diseases

Emergency preparedness is on the minds of many as the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season—predicted by NOAA to have an above-average number of storms—enters its traditional highpoint during the months of… ...

Wrong number: Analysis of health care provider directories reveals notable flaws

Ensuring better access to health care has long been a goal for policy makers. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act more than a decade ago set the stage for… ...

Advancing the power of community health workers in rural health initiatives

Texas A&M University faculty members Heather Clark, DrPH, MSPH, and Jane Bolin, PhD, JD, BSN, are leading efforts to support community health workers by developing and providing trainings on critical… ...

Vanessa Guillen’s family seeks $35 million in the Army specialist’s 2020 wrongful death at Fort Hood

Armed with a new federal court ruling that allows a former Army colonel to pursue a sexual assault lawsuit, the family of Vanessa Guillén has filed a wrongful death and… ...

Sutherland Springs shooting victims fight for government to admit liability nearly five years later

In February, a federal judge ordered the Air Force to pay $230 million to shooting survivors, families of victims. But feds are appealing the case. ...

Governor Abbott Issues Proclamation Honoring The 75th Anniversary Of India Independence Day

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation celebrating the 75th anniversary of Indian independence, which will be observed on Sunday, August 15th. Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation celebrating… ...

Texas Dems uniformly vote for Biden’s cornerstone climate and health care legislation

The bill would invest billions into issues acutely impacting Texas, including climate change and health care, and is the result of months of intraparty fighting between moderates and progressives. ...

Watch: Foster kids who age out of the system in Texas face new challenges as young adults

As a former foster child graduates with her master’s degree, she explains how her home situation has posed additional challenges, like remaining housed and finding a support system. ...

How Gov. Greg Abbott exported a border crisis to New York City

New York City was not initially a destination when the Texas governor began busing asylum-seekers east. That changed after NYC Mayor Eric Adams launched his war of words against Abbott,… ...

A new MAGA: Mothers Against Greg Abbott mobilizes against the incumbent governor seeking a third term

Mothers Against Greg Abbott has grown into a potent political force in the governor’s race, with a membership of over 50,000 on Facebook. The group recently caught more attention after… ...

Teachers exiting the classroom, leaving education careers at alarming rate

Teachers in San Antonio and across Texas are feeling overwhelmed, overworked, underappreciated and leaving the classroom or strongly considering leaving their teaching careers, leading to what some education experts say… ...

USDA Invests $14.5 Million in Taxpayer Education, Program Outreach Efforts for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing in two outreach and education efforts for farmers and ranchers, including those who are new to farming… ...

Streamlined Delivery of Emergency Relief Programs Is Win-Win for USDA and Agricultural Producers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has processed more than 255,000 applications for the new Emergency Relief Program (ERP). USDA has made approximately $6.1 billion,… ...

‘Bitterly cold air.’ Farmers’ Almanac predicts another chilly Texas winter

While Texans continue to endure a “record-setting summer,” those anxious for a new season might be wondering what to expect as winter rapidly approaches. The Farmers’ Almanac has released its… ...

ACLU calls on feds to investigate Abbott’s policy transporting migrants back to border

In July, Abbott authorized state law enforcement to transport migrants to ports of entry. It’s unclear how and why migrants are being detained, raising civil rights concerns and questions about… ...

Republicans, Democrats prioritize legislative races targeting Collin County and South Texas seats

The Republican majority in the Texas House appears safe in November — and the battlefield is smaller than it was in 2020 — but both sides says the races have… ...

China extends threatening military exercises against Taiwan

China said Monday it was extending threatening military exercises surrounding Taiwan that have disrupted shipping and air traffic and substantially raised concerns about the potential for conflict in a region… ...

Migrant Deaths Are a Feature—Not a Bug—of U.S. Immigration Policy

Governor Greg Abbott says he can make coming to the U.S. more miserable than being smuggled in the back of a tractor-trailer. ...

After Uvalde school shooting, here are lawmakers’ key findings in investigative report

A Texas House fact-finding committee formed after the Uvalde school shooting found an uncoordinated law enforcement response; a school with a culture of keeping doors unlocked; and an inconsistent receipt… ...

School safety expert offers tips for Texas parents as students return to the classroom

Parents may be having difficult conversations with their children about school safety as they return to the classroom following the mass shooting in Uvalde. Stephanie Peterson is a training and… ...

The Memo: Biden’s hot streak fails to quell Democratic doubts

President Biden has been on a much-needed hot streak of late. But it hasn’t stopped members of his own party from signaling their doubts about whether he should seek a… ...