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The many layers of skin health

Summer is here, and having fun in the sun is no longer just a daydream. But for humans, exposure to the sun reminds us of how important the skin is, and the many health concerns associated with our skin.

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Foundation launches Raising Texas Teachers

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation recently launched Raising Texas Teachers, a program to provide $50 million over the next 10 years in scholarship funding for students committed to a career in teaching, and technical support for premier Texas teacher preparation programs.

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Unity Challenge: Together We Dine highlights unity through diversity

A simple, neatly packed boxed dinner served at the Together We Dine program June 20 contrasted the messy and complex work that race relations in the South have represented for centuries.

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Lancaster girl kidnapped, killed over stolen drugs

During what may have been the longest four days of their life, a Lancaster family was suddenly faced with the abduction and murder of a teenage female member in the family.

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Town hall meeting offers update on Legislative session

“This was a very contentious session.

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Stand up and protect the basic human right to health care

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

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Time for a citizens’ commission defending our right to vote

Donald Trump’s commission on “election integrity” is meeting sensible resistance.

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Texas increases transparency, accountability in policing

Recent highly publicized fatal interactions between civilians and law enforcement have resulted in a significant decline in trust between law enforcement and communities throughout the United States.

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Give us the ballot: Restore the Voting Rights Act

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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Does Congress care about ‘the American People?’

For years, we have heard members of the GOP rail against the Affordable Care Act, known to many as “Obamacare,” saying it was jammed down their throats

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Look back, see the future to a brighter economy

An excellent example of the impact our history has on the way we are today, especially economically, can be found in an article titled The Reluctant Entrepreneurs by Joel Kotkin, author of the book Tribes.

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Counseling Corner: What are your dreams trying to tell you?

When you wake up each morning, do you remember your dreams in vivid detail? Or do you rarely, if ever, recall a dream? Whichever the case, researchers tell us that we all do dream every night. In fact, they’ve found even primates and unborn human fetuses dream.

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Environmental racism persists

Environmental racism is the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color. The lead poisoning of children in Flint is only the latest example of environmental racism in the U.S.

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BlackStar: Building a changing world

African Americans are changing the landscape of entrepreneurship. In 2014, Texas had an estimated 108,473 Black-owned businesses.

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Stars Align: BET Awards honors the past, present

The 2017 BET Awards hit a nostalgic note Sunday night as it featured two `90s era groups with extended performances of soulful, harmony-laced R&B.

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Senate GOP health bill: Tax cuts for rich, hardship for elderly and poor

Senate Republicans’ new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in America. It uses a budget gimmick to comply with Senate rules against adding to the federal government’s long-term debt.

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Census Bureau: US growing more diverse

The United States is growing older and more ethnically diverse; a trend that could strain government programs from Medicare to education, the Census Bureau reported June 22.

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Politics: CBC turns down Trump’s invitation

The Congressional Black Caucus turned down an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump, telling him they believe their concerns are falling on “deaf ears” at the White House and his policies are devastating to the millions of Americans in the nation’s Black communities.

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Around the State

A Texas police officer charged with murder in May in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards may be facing two aggravated assault charges in an unrelated incident.

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Prayers for a more just nation

“Might it be that this land with all of its richness, with all of its opportunity for true greatness, its opportunity to present itself before the world as what a nation ought to be, might not be sowing the seeds of its very destruction in abandonment of its children?” – Dr. Gardner Taylor, Pastor Emeritus, Concord Baptist Church, 1996 sermon at the Children’s Defense Fund’s Haley Farm

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