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From Texas Standard.

Most people know his acting and comedy, especially his movies and recordings with counterculture collaborator Tommy Chong. But there’s a whole lot more to Cheech Marin than you’d imagine. He’s also a major player in the art world.

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From Texas Standard.

When you think about the challenges of roadway construction, obstacles above the ground come to mind – getting over or through mountains, rivers, and the like. What’s under the ground isn’t usually on most people’s minds.

On Loop 88, a project just west of Lubbock, the Texas Department of Transportation found something unexpected: bones.

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From Texas Standard.

During a White House meeting Tuesday between Democratic and Republican congressional leaders, President Donald Trump strayed from the subject of immigration to the topic of how things get done in Washington and a practice that was banished by Congress in the name of reform.

From Texas Standard.

The most wonderful time of the year is gone, and it’s been replaced by what some might say is one of the worst times of the year – flu season. This year it’s particularly bad in Texas.

Dr. Robert Legare Atmar, professor and interim chief of infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, says a severe flu epidemic in Australia last winter (that’s summertime in the U.S.) and a few relatively mild flu seasons here indicate the U.S. is due for a lot of flu cases.

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From Texas Standard.

The 2010 disaster at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people and spilled nearly 5 million barrels of oil. It was the worst oil spill in U.S. history and afterward, the Obama administration created new rules for offshore rigs in an effort to prevent similar catastrophes.

But now, those regulations may be revoked. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement recently proposed rolling them back as part of a broader Trump administration initiative to loosen regulation of the energy industry.