Report: Local Youth Programs Need More Funds, Oversight

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An empty cell at a state a juvenile correctional facility.
An empty cell at a state a juvenile correctional facility.

County juvenile probation agencies produce better results for less money than state youth lockups, according to a report by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. The report also says counties need more funds and oversight. 

Getting to the Root of the Increase in Texas Mangroves

Texas A&M University scientist Anna Armitage looks at a mangrove shrub on Pelican Island along the Texas coast.
Texas A&M University scientist Anna Armitage looks at a mangrove shrub on Pelican Island along the Texas coast.

A research team is studying  how changes in land development and vegetation are affecting the ability of Texas coast wetlands to absorb carbon dioxide. An increase in mangrove population is raising new questions for the team.

Some Inmates Forego Health Care to Avoid Higher Fees

An inmate sleeps in his cubicle in the geriatric unit of the Estelle Prison in Huntsville.
An inmate sleeps in his cubicle in the geriatric unit of the Estelle Prison in Huntsville.

When lawmakers decided to charge inmates $100 a year for medical treatments, they expected it to help plug holes in the prison budget. But critics of the new policy say the result is less health care for sick inmates.

The Brief: Top Texas News For Oct. 15, 2012

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, debates state Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, in the matchup for Senate District 10.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, debates state Rep. Mark Shelton, R-Fort Worth, in the matchup for Senate District 10.

For Texas' debate enthusiasts, chomping at the bit to see two politicians go head to head for the second time, there's no need to wait for Tuesday night's showdown between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.