Tag: kids

Chip Program Funding Extended

23,000 children in Hidalgo and Cameron counties alone are benefiting from the Chip program after Congress agreed on a deal to re-open the government.  They approved funds for the next 6 years. The program has had strong bi-partisan support since it was created in 1997. The efforts to re-authorize monies stalled in Congress but, now has the approval to continue for more six years. Dr. Lizardo says the program will help thousands of families. If you would like more information on the chip program you can visit the website yourtexasbenefits.gov...

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Bipartisan Effort to Fix the Texas Child Welfare System

TEXAS (KFXV) — At the Texas capitol, a bipartisan decision made this week by legislators will change the future of kids in foster care. One Valley state representative who helped co-author house bills four and five speaks to Fox News about the hundreds of lives that could be saved thanks to changes made to the Department of Family and Protective Services. In a five-year span close to 800 Texas children died due to a funding shortfall to the Texas Child Welfare System — according to one valley lawmaker. The law will go into effect in September. Under House Bill...

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Alton Home Gutted By Fire

ALTON (KFXV) — A mother and her two children in alton are left with nothing after their home catches fire. Take a look – the house practically gutted by the blaze. It’s located on the 1700 block of Chicago Street. You can see how the fire went through the house destroying everything in its path. Luckily the mother and her two kids were not there. Neighbors called 911 after seeing smoke billowing out from the home. What caused the blaze remains under investigation by Hidalgo County...

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Donna ISD Partners with VAC to Fight STDs

DONNA (KFXX) — Local statistics of HIV infections prompt experts and school personnel to unite in providing education and support for teens more than ever before. Oscar Lopez, Director of Education at the Valley AIDS Council, said, “Right now, we get four new HIV infections in the Valley every week, and every nine days, that infected person is a teenager.” The Donna Independent School District is the first in the Valley to enter into an agreement with the Valley AIDS Council (VAC) to offer awareness presentations in an effort to prevent students from acquiring HIV, AIDS, or other sexually...

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Colorado gives marijuana candy a new look to avoid confusion

DENVER (AP) — Wondering if that brownie contains pot? Colorado has you covered. A requirement that edible marijuana products come with a diamond-shaped stamp and the letters T-H-C – not just on the packaging but on the brownies, candies and other edibles themselves – takes effect Saturday. The rule referencing marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient was added after complaints that the treats look too much their non-intoxicating counterparts. It is the first such requirement in any legal weed state. Colorado’s new "universal symbol" for foods that contain marijuana is designed to give the treats a distinct look even after they’re out...

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