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Texas farmers face mounting expenses as droughts worsen

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by By Dylan Baddour, Inside Climate , and Alejandra Martinez, The , The Texas Tribune – 2024-06-06 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Drought-related financial costs in Texas have surged, driven by federal crop insurance payouts. An analysis by the Environmental Working Group revealed that drought accounts for more crop insurance payouts than any other weather event, with Texas drawing the highest payouts. These costs rose from $251 million annually in the 2000s to $1.1 billion in the 2020s. The federally subsidized crop insurance program, which helps farmers through disasters, faces increased financial strain due to climate change. Reform is needed to encourage adaptation to climate changes. Texas cotton, which represents a significant portion of these payouts, has been severely impacted by recent droughts.

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Texas Dems to target GOP’s record on education this November

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by By Jasper Scherer, The – 2024-06-13 05:00:00

SUMMARY: Texas Democrats are focusing on education in their campaign to gain state House seats, criticizing GOP lawmakers for teacher shortages and school closures while opposing Governor Greg Abbott's school voucher policy. The strategy was underscored at the Texas Democratic Convention, with leaders like Gina Hinojosa emphasizing the need to elect more Democrats to prevent vouchers. Abbott's supporters argue that vouchers offer parental choice, while Republicans blame Democrats for obstructing education funding. The education debate contrasts Democrats' push for improved school funding with GOP efforts to control school curricula and support vouchers, framing public education as a crucial election issue.

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An LGBTQ+ center opens its doors in West Texas

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by By Carlos Nogueras Ramos, The – 2024-06-13 05:00:00

SUMMARY: At West Texas Pride Festival, Patty Reeves addressed the audience following the tragic suicide of Luna Harris, a 19-year-old gender-nonconforming community member. The events cast a shadow over what was to be a celebratory week, including the opening of the permanent Pride Center West Texas. Co-founded by Bryan and Clint Wilson, who moved to Midland in 2020, the center has relocated several times due to growth and eviction, now operating in a strip mall. The center and events like Bingo Night, which help fund it, are vital in a state where LGBTQ+ rights are under legislative threat. Despite challenges, the community remains resilient.

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PFLAG President, Peggy Reeves, discusses the intense need to help trans children in Texas during the Pride Festival hosted by Basin Pride at The Vine in Odessa, Texas.

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Youth Administrator, Zero Galindo pick board games with Bryson Beaman (14) and Michael Eayon during Youth Drop In and Group at Pride Center West Texas in Odessa on May 28, 2024.

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Pride Center Board President, Emily Parks answers interview questions from Texas Pride Impact Funds  members Ron Guillard and Míchél Macklin at Pride Center West Texas in Odessa on May 28,2024.

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Pride Center founder Bryan Wilson holds meeting with board members at Pride Center West Texas in Odessa on May 28, 2024.

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Eddie Almendariz, long time Bingo player participates in the first night of Bingo hosted by Pride Center West Texas at VFW Post 4372 in Odessa on May 20, 2024.

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Migrants’ rights groups sue to block new asylum rules

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by By Alejandro Serrano, The – 2024-06-12 18:43:27

SUMMARY: Two immigrant rights groups in Texas have sued the federal government over a new executive order by President Joe Biden. The order temporarily halts granting asylum to most migrants when illegal border entry numbers are high. The groups argue the order undermines the U.S. asylum system, violates federal laws, and imposes unreasonable screening standards. They claim it intimidates migrants, failing to recognize genuine fear of persecution. The American Civil Liberties Union and other law groups are representing the plaintiffs. Both Republicans and Democrats in Texas criticized the order, albeit for different reasons. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and RAICES.

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