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Texas News
1:42 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

From Pork Rind Nachos To Fried Chicken And Waffle Cone, Meet The New State Fair Foods

The Fried Chicken and Waffle Cone is among the new foods that will be served up at this year's State Fair of Texas.
State Fair of Texas

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 1:52 pm

The State Fair of Texas on Tuesday morning released a complete list of all of the new foods that will be served this year. They include pork rind nachos, fried sweet tea, fried chicken and waffle cone, and something called "Amazeballz."

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Science and the Environment
1:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Research Links Drilling Activities to Water Contamination in North Texas

The study explored different scenarios that may have accounted for elevated methane in the groundwater.
Courtesy of Thomas Darrah, OSU

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 11:34 am

For years, some residents of Parker County in North Texas have believed that nearby gas drilling was responsible for high levels of methane in neighborhood water wells. Research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences appears to back that up.

The study looked at water contamination in Texas and Pennsylvania. It suggests that faulty cement jobs on drilling wells could be at fault in North Texas. Cement is poured between the rock wall and the steel tubing of oil and gas wells to block contaminants.

“We think either there isn’t enough cement in this location or more likely there are cracks or imperfections in that cement. That’s what allowed the strong gas to move up through the well and then out into peoples drinking water,” says Robert Jackson, a professor of environmental sciences at Stanford, who co-authored of the study.

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Health
1:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Texas Still Tops Census List of Highest Uninsured Rates

A U.S. Census Bureau suvey showed 22.1 percent of Texans were uninsured in 2013, a slight drop from 22.5 percent in 2012.
Todd Wiseman/KUT

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 2:12 pm

From the Texas Tribune:

The rate of Texas residents without health insurance has dropped slightly but continues to outpace every other state, according to early figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Education
2:10 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Texas Seeks Federal Grant for Pre-K Expansion

The TEA is seeking a four-year $30 million annual grant from the federal government to make pre-k classes readily available for moderate and low-income families.
Robert W. Hart

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 9:58 am

The Texas Education Agency has asked the federal government for grants to­ fund an expansion of pre-k programs statewide for moderate and low-income families.

Texas will compete with 35 other states, and Washington, D.C., and is eligible to receive up to $30 million annually over a four-year grant window. The grant expansion is offering a total of $160 million nationwide. The new federal grant would help states that currently serve more than 10 percent of four years olds to build and expand on those programs, which have faced drastic cuts over the years.

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Earthquakes
2:09 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Three Earthquakes Rattle Texas So Far This Week

Regulators are trying to craft rules to respond to the dramatic uptick in quakes

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:47 pm

It’s been a shaky week in Texas with two small earthquakes rattling the Dallas-Fort Worth area and another slightly more powerful quake detected in South Texas.

On Sunday, the first quake measuring magnitude 2.4 struck near Arlington. It prompted some residents to call 9-1-1 after feeling their houses shake and hearing “explosions,” according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Earthquakes are often accompanied by loud “booms,” something that has become a source of anxiety in newly quake-prone parts of the state.

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