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Health & Science

Texas has ‘alarmingly’ high maternal, infant mortality rates, study shows

Posted on · While the U.S. as a whole already has a relatively high preterm birth rate of 10.4 percent, Texas is even worse, with a preterm birth rate of 11.3 percent. Houston’s is larger still, at 12.1 percent, meaning one in every eight babies born in the Houston area is premature.

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Energy & Environment

A Texas community is being bombarded by cancer-causing benzene. State officials have known for nearly two decades.

Posted on · In 2005, Texas regulators documented startling amounts of benzene in a community outside Houston. Instead of solving the problem, they allowed a known benzene polluter to expand — a decision scientists worry could haunt residents for years to come.