Public health

Congressional Democrats Seek To Step Up Fracking OversightDemocrats on a congressional oversight panel are stepping up their investigation into how well states are regulating the disposal of oil and gas waste, citing continuing public concern.
Abbott Defends Texas Parents' Right To Opt Out Of VaccinesA spokeswoman for Gov. Greg Abbott says he encourages all parents to have their children vaccinated but supports Texas law allowing families to opt out of them.
Texas Says It Won't Appeal Federal African Braiding RulingTexas won't appeal a federal judge's ruling last week that state laws regulating businesses teaching African hair braiding were unconstitutional.
Richardson To Spray For West Nile VirusThe Richardson Health Department plans to ground spray three separate areas beginning tomorrow and Monday, weather permitting, in order to help prevent the spread of the West Nile virus.
Dog Poop DNA Proponents Converge On Dallas City HallOfficials with a company looking to expand a dog poop DNA business made another stop at Dallas City Hall Wednesday and they brought a Hollywood endorsement with them.
Lawmakers & Doctors Talk Texas Childhood ObesityThere's a movement to get state lawmakers more involved in addressing the obesity problem in Texas. Lawmakers and doctors continued a dialogue at the third annual Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC) public health forum.
Tarrant County Confirms First Case Of West Nile In HumanTarrant has become the third area county to confirm a case of West Nile in a human, Public Health Department spokeswoman Vanessa Joseph said.
Non-Contagious Hepatitis A Case Reported At Cross Timbers M.S.A Grapevine-Colleyville ISD confirmed a case of Hepatitis A at Cross Timbers Middle School but a Tarrant County public health specialist says the individual is not infectious.
State Health Services Returning To Ennis High School For More TB TestsThe Texas Department of State Health Services will send examiners back to Ennis High School Wednesday morning to complete a new round of tuberculosis skin exams to determine if more students have been exposed to the airborne illness.