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At confirmation hearing, Rick Perry vows to pursue "sound science" on climate change

Former Gov. Perry is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination to be Energy secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 19, 2017.
Former Gov. Perry is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination to be Energy secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 19, 2017.

Testifying before a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday, Secretary of Energy nominee Rick Perry said he believed humans contributed to climate change and that he no longer supported the dissolution of the Department of Energy. 

Texas winegrowers fear new herbicides will wipe out industry

In his vineyard, Bobby Cox uses hand-for-scale to show how long his grape leaves should actually be. Chemical damage from herbicide drift causes leaves to shrivel and suffer from strapping, interrupting the grape productivity.
In his vineyard, Bobby Cox uses hand-for-scale to show how long his grape leaves should actually be. Chemical damage from herbicide drift causes leaves to shrivel and suffer from strapping, interrupting the grape productivity.

Competing against millions of acres of cotton, winegrowers fear federal approval of new herbicides to be used on genetically modified cotton seeds will wipe out the wine industry in the Texas High Plains. 

New program moves women from prison to life

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice recently launched a 6-month program that helps women at the Marlin Transfer Facility with treatment and life skills training right before they go back into society. During a recent class, Irvanette Lofton teaches inmates about budgeting and finding a job.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice recently launched a 6-month program that helps women at the Marlin Transfer Facility with treatment and life skills training right before they go back into society. During a recent class, Irvanette Lofton teaches inmates about budgeting and finding a job.

Before they can earn their freedom, about 40 Texas prisoners will be the first to complete a six-month program that focuses on decision-making and life skills. 

Is Ciudad Juárez on the brink of a new gang war?

A municipal police officer at a crime scene in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The municipal police force was recently "purged" under the new chief of police Julien Leyzaola.
A municipal police officer at a crime scene in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The municipal police force was recently "purged" under the new chief of police Julien Leyzaola.

October was the deadliest month in Ciudad Juárez in nearly three years. Locals are anxious — and hopeful they're not witnessing a resurgence of the brutal drug war that plagued this Mexican border city from 2008 to 2011.

Texas moves forward with cuts of therapy services for disabled children

Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.
Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.

In two weeks, Texas will officially enact cuts of Medicaid reimbursement rates for disabled children's therapy services. 

Susan Combs' next act? Inspiring Texas women.

Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has started a project to help women called HERdacity and written a book, "Texas Tenacity: A Call for Women to Direct Their Destiny." The project is an online community aimed at empowering women and the book will be released in early 2017.
Former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has started a project to help women called HERdacity and written a book, "Texas Tenacity: A Call for Women to Direct Their Destiny." The project is an online community aimed at empowering women and the book will be released in early 2017.

After decades in Texas politics, Susan Combs is focused on building safe spaces for women to exchange ideas and experiences. With a new memoir and a new nonprofit, she hopes to encourage more women to take on leadership roles.  

Election dealt some setbacks to Texas GOP's modest diversity

(L to R) State Reps. John Lujan and Rick Galindo and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd receive a last-minute campaign boost from Gov. Greg Abbott at The County Line barbecue restaurant in San Antonio on November 7, 2016.
(L to R) State Reps. John Lujan and Rick Galindo and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd receive a last-minute campaign boost from Gov. Greg Abbott at The County Line barbecue restaurant in San Antonio on November 7, 2016.

One-half of the Hispanic Republicans in the Texas Legislature lost their seats this election, but there were only six to begin with.

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