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AROUND THE STATE & NATION:
MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION
DALLAS _ In a scenario playing out in more and more classrooms around the world, a Dallas teenager recently asked her classmate if anything was wrong, noting that she hadn’t been acting like herself. The brusque reply: “Just leave me alone.” The ninth-graders at the Uplift Hampton Preparatory school were role-playing as part of a program that aims to teach teens how to spot the signs of depression in themselves and others. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Americans ages 10 to 18, according to government health statistics, and experts hope the lessons will get help to depressed teens more quickly. “It’s kind of like ‘Mental Health 101.’ So they talk about depression and anxiety and just common mental health issues, and then I think the most important thing is they talk about what to do if you feel that way,” said Tony Walker, senior director of student support services at Uplift Education, which offers the program to all ninth-graders at its network of Dallas-area public charter schools, including Uplift Hampton. By Jamie Stengle. SENT: 780 words, photos.
ROCKPORT, Texas _ Texas’ school finance system is putting additional strain on two coastal districts that lost millions of dollars after Hurricane Harvey and now owe the state millions more. Port Aransas and Aransas County districts are seeking relief from ballooning recapture payments this year as schools struggle to pay teachers and meet student needs after the 2017 storm, the Austin American-Statesman reported. SENT: 430 words, photos.
BAYTOWN, Texas _ The discordant sounds of 35 musicians tuning their instruments echoed through a rehearsal room at Lee College in Baytown. The Houston Chronicle reports the players, gathered from around the area, were dressed casually. One had spent his day doing surgery. Another came after a shift at a chemical plant. Baytown, a city better known for oil refining than for high culture, might seem an unlikely place for such an endeavor. Yet the Baytown Symphony Orchestra’s weekly Tuesday night rehearsal was getting under way _ among musicians who knew these sessions might soon come to an end. By Emily Foxhall, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,480 words, with photos.
BRYAN, Texas _ Bryan High School baseball coach James Dillard often smiles while watching his son play baseball for the Brazos Valley Pride. That’s because it’s like looking in a mirror, as 12-year-old Tag Dillard is learning the game from Randy Malazzo, the same coach that 42-year-old James Dillard played for almost three decades ago as a member of the Bryan North Little League Braves. The Eagle reports the time machine is complete every time Dillard’s son reaches third base, and Malazzo puts his arm around his latest pupil. By Robert Cessna, The Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,110 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. _ Three broadly defined avenues of research tied to health, sustainability and data analysis have been announced by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in an effort to forge a standout identity and prioritize collaboration. Described by UA as “signature research areas,” they are: Harnessing the Data Revolution; Enriching Human Health and Community Vibrancy; and Promoting a Resilient and Sustainable Future. Together they will “highlight the role of research and discoveries at the U of A in a way that distinguishes us from other institutions at the national and international level,” Jim Coleman, UA’s provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, announced in late January. By Jaime Adame, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 799 words.
_ BORDER ARRESTS-NEW MEXICO _ U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested 290 Central Americans who entered the country illegally near a port of entry in a remote area of southwestern New Mexico.
_ AUSTIN-STINKY WATER _ Here’s a new thing keeping Austin weird: Stinky tap water caused by rotting zebra mussels.
_ BOB ROSS-FLASH MOB _ There were lots of happy little trees at one Texas middle school this week. Art students at Madison Middle School in Abilene donned their curliest wigs and painted little trees onto canvases to pay homage to the late painter Bob Ross. With photos.
VENEZUELA-BATTLE FOR CITGO-Q&A
NEW YORK _ The U.S. and dozens of other countries may have declared that Nicolas Maduro is no longer the legitimate president of Venezuela, but that has not loosened his grip on power. Maduro still controls the military, despite scattered defections. He has the loyalty of the Supreme Court. And he has rendered the opposition-controlled National Assembly powerless by setting up a rival constitutional assembly. But Maduro stands to lose one crucial lever of power: Houston-based refining company Citgo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuelan state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, known by its acronym PDVSA. By Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
WACO, Texas _ Top-ranked Baylor goes for its 34th consecutive Big 12 win against TCU team it beat by 24 points last month. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at noon.
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