Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

Section 8 vouchers are supposed to help the poor reach better neighborhoods. Texas law gets in the way.

Under Texas law, landlords cannot be punished for discriminating against families with federal housing vouchers. The impact is clear in Houston, where one in four families who receive housing assistance never gets to use it.

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Report: Toxic herbicide found in many Texans' drinking water

Nearly 500 water utilities across the state tested positive for atrazine — a weed killer — which can lead to harmful health effects, according to a new report. The Environmental Working Group also found that utilities are testing water during times when the herbicide isn't being used as much — and that they may be lowballing the results.

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