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Here's what's happening: Donald Trump has now been president of the United States for 100 days, the People's Climate march on Washington is taking place today, and another missle launch from North Korea.

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U.S. immigration officials say they are taking a hands-off policy toward churches that provide sanctuary to refugees who could be deported. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - A church in Texas has given a Guatemalan refugee sanctuary and is hoping that more religious organizations will follow suit. Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas has taken in a woman who church officials will only call Hilda. She says she came to the U.S. to escape vio

One in six Texas households struggled to avoid hunger in 2014 despite a fully recovered economy, according to new report. Credit: Andrejs Zemdega.

AUSTIN, Texas - One-point-seven million Texas households experienced hunger or engaged in coping mechanisms to avoid it at some point last year. That's more than any other state except California, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Celia Cole, CEO with Feeding Tex

PHOTO: Texas this year ramped up its efforts to overhaul how Medicaid is administered.

AUSTIN, Texas - Many Medicaid recipients in Texas have been noticing big changes in the program this year. The state is moving away from a traditional fee-for-services approach in favor of managed care. The idea is to save money, reduce fraud and better coordinate services. The results, so far, hav

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Texas' 23rd congressional district is huge, sweeping 550 miles from San Antonio to El Paso. Also huge is tonight's debate between Republican incumbent Representative Quico Canseco (R-San Antonio) and Democratic challenger Pete Gallego (Alpine). It's receiving national attentio

HOUSTON – They say Gov. Rick Perry is "throwing them under the bus" by refusing to accept billions of federal dollars to expand Texas' Medicaid program under an optional provision of Obamacare. Hundreds of advocates and protestors from around the state are expected to rally at the Capitol this

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas ranks third-worst nationally among states when it comes to the rate of households struggling against hunger, according to data released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new figures come just as national polling reveals broad support for maintaining "SNAP," t

AUSTIN, Texas - With new signs that Texas is recovering from the recent recession faster than expected, social-services advocates are calling on lawmakers to reverse some of the more painful budget cuts implemented last year. But state leaders so far are showing few signs they will change course, wa

UPDATE (7/9/2012 – 10:48 a.m.): Gov. Perry announced this morning that his administration will oppose Texas participation in the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the creation of a state health insurance exchange. From the Perry statement: “"Neither a 's

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