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Veterinary Medicine Lacks Hispanics in Texas, U.S.

Dr. Orlando Garza walks with a dog that was boarding at his animal hospital on Monday in El Paso. Garza has been a practicing veterinarian since 1982.
Dr. Orlando Garza walks with a dog that was boarding at his animal hospital on Monday in El Paso. Garza has been a practicing veterinarian since 1982.

There were 84 Hispanic veterinarians in Texas in 2010, making up less than 2 percent of the state’s 5,728 veterinarians, according to the 2014 book Changing Texas, whose lead author, Steve H. Murdock, is the former state demographer.

 

TribuneFest: Education and the New Texas

At our 2/27 symposium on demographic change at the University of Texas at El Paso, I talked education with TEA Commissioner Michael Williams, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, Higher Ed Coordinating Board Chair Harold Hahn and San Elizario ISD Superintendent Sylvia Hopp.

 

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Report: Texas Lags in Hispanic Voter Turnout

Low voter turnout among Hispanics in Texas plays a key role in preventing the Republican-dominated state from being politically competitive, according to a new report.

 

Volunteer Jennifer Butler, second from left, works with Somali immigrants Saharlo Adlle, from left, Zainab Botnb and Ikyan Seer during an English as a second language class at an apartment complex in Amarillo on Feb. 15.
Volunteer Jennifer Butler, second from left, works with Somali immigrants Saharlo Adlle, from left, Zainab Botnb and Ikyan Seer during an English as a second language class at an apartment complex in Amarillo on Feb. 15.

Amarillo Struggles to Handle Influx of Refugees

Amarillo receives a higher ratio of new refugees to the existing population than any other Texas city. Local officials are worried that the refugee population is straining the city’s resources.

 

The rate of Texas children living in poverty from 2000 to 2011 grew faster than the growth rate of the child population in the state during the same period.
The rate of Texas children living in poverty from 2000 to 2011 grew faster than the growth rate of the child population in the state during the same period.

Report: Child Poverty Increases in Texas

In rapidly growing Texas, which is home to one in 11 children in the United States, child poverty has continued to increase despite an improving economy, according to a report released Tuesday.

Interactive: Child Poverty by County

Use this interactive to see which Texas counties have the highest rates of child poverty and unemployment, and to see which counties have the highest raw numbers of children in poverty or people who are unemployed. 

Mariachi Estrella performs during "A Service for Remembrance," at the National Funeral Directors Association convention on Oct. 22, 2013, in Austin. The service honored deceased funeral directors and highlighted Mexican funeral traditions.
Mariachi Estrella performs during "A Service for Remembrance," at the National Funeral Directors Association convention on Oct. 22, 2013, in Austin. The service honored deceased funeral directors and highlighted Mexican funeral traditions.

In the Texas Funeral Industry, Few Hispanics

When funeral directors from across the country gathered in Austin last week, they learned about Mexican traditions while honoring their colleagues who have died. Hispanics are underrepresented in the funeral industry in Texas and the nation. 

Texas fast-food workers are planning to join a nationwide strike on Thursday to call for $15-an-hour wages. Recently, there have been similar strikes in cities across the country. This one was in Milwaukee.
Texas fast-food workers are planning to join a nationwide strike on Thursday to call for $15-an-hour wages. Recently, there have been similar strikes in cities across the country. This one was in Milwaukee.

Texas Fast-Food Workers to Join Nationwide Strike

Fast-food workers in Houston, Dallas and Austin plan to participate in a nationwide pre-Labor Day strike on Thursday, organizers say. The workers are calling for $15-an-hour wages.