• May 25, 2022

Texas News Service

Texas News Service is an arm of the Public News Service that provides stories that examine the effects of policy on areas that receive too little coverage, lifting up often marginalized voices and making greater journalistic breadth on any platform.

To track stress, mental health, Texas A&M Students Use Wearables

COLLEGE STATION, Tx – The pandemic upended normal college life causing mental-health challenges that are now being studied at Texas A&M University for their prevalence and severity. Students participating in a research project have been fitted with a smartwatch, or what researchers call a “wearable continuous monitoring tool.” Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Farzan Sasangohar […]Read More

Kick-Starting Texas school performance amid COVID-19 Redux

AUSTIN – Starting the school year off on the right foot has probably never been more important as Texas kids return to classrooms. New research found students are an average of four to five months behind in their learning due to the pandemic. It also showed the hardest-hit students include those living in poverty and children […]Read More

Texas universities, committed to full returns, face fall terms with

Texas A&M University’s new president M. Katherine Banks said this spring that she anticipated a “fall [semester] of joy” when the university reopens after 15 months of lockdowns and remote learning. She wasn’t alone. As coronavirus case numbers dropped throughout the spring, higher education leaders across the state excitedly announced the return of in-person classes, […]Read More

Push continues in Texas to “Raise the Age” for Juvenile

AUSTIN – Texas is one of only three states to automatically treat 17-year-olds as adults when they are arrested, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition said that can often lead to a lifetime of involvement with the justice system. Since 2007, advocates to “Raise the Age” have encouraged state policymakers to change laws, so teens […]Read More

Texas ranks last among 50 States for kids with health

AUSTIN – One million, or 13%, of Texas children went without health insurance in 2019, a significantly higher number than the national average of 6%. The information comes from the 2021 Kids Count Data Book produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and shows the number is even higher for Hispanic children at 17%. Amy Knop-Narbutis, […]Read More

Texas researcher puzzled over new Alzheimer’s Drug Approval

HOUSTON – News this week about a breakthrough treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is getting mixed reactions from some researchers, including in Texas. The drug attempts to treat a possible cause of the neurodegenerative disease, rather than only treating the symptoms. Dr. George Perry, professor and Semmes Foundation Distinguished University Chair in Neurobiology at the University of […]Read More

Older Texans say they’re exercising, But also smoking more

AUSTIN – Many folks have acknowledged dealing with more anxiety since the pandemic hit. But even before that, seniors were experiencing increased mental and behavioral health challenges, according to a new report. The annual report from the UnitedHealth Foundation found that between 2016 and 2019, people age 65 and older have seen increases in drug-related deaths, […]Read More

TX Educators: State’s future is diversity, not conformity

AUSTIN – When Michael Hinojosa was a government teacher, he encouraged students to read and study various sources from multiple perspectives, but a bill being considered by the Texas Legislature would discourage that approach. House Bill 3979 would ban Texas schools from requiring that teachers discuss controversial events or difficult social issues in the classroom. Hinojosa, […]Read More

Community College Apprenticeships can mean higher wages

AUSTIN – Community colleges offering apprenticeship programs are poised to get a $12 billion boost from President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan. In Congress, members of both parties have expressed support for targeting funds for community college-based apprenticeship programs – typically used to train workers on the job, allowing a person to earn wages while also […]Read More