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Improving Cancer Control in Rural Communities

By Robert T. Croyle, PhD The decrease in cancer death rates in the United States has been uplifting news for the nation. A point of frustration, however, has been the continued ethnic/racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer outcomes. Two new studies are putting a spotlight on disparities that have received less attention: those in rural communities across the country. The studies — one by NCI researchers (on which I’m a co-author) and one led by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — found that cancer death rates are higher in rural areas than in urban areas. The CDC study also showed that, although cancer deaths rates are decreasing in rural areas, they are doing so more slowly than they are in urban areas. Rural health disparities are not a new issue for NCI. In an interview for Cancer Currents last year, in fact, I discussed cancer disparities in rural communities across the country, and some of our early efforts toward revisiting this long-standing public health challenge. What I did not and could not predict at the time, however, was the impact the recent presidential election would have on the visibility of rural America in the national debate about our economy, the future of the middle class, and the role of poverty and geography in access to quality health care. Cancer in Rural America: An Ongoing Dialogue The cancer community has long been part of...

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AG Paxton: Fellowship Applications Accepted Through Oct. 1

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today the Office of Attorney General is accepting applications for three paid law fellowships, including two newly named in honor of Gregory S. Coleman, the first solicitor general of Texas. The application period is August 1 through Oct. 1, 2017, for one-year fellowships that begin in the fall of 2018. Applications are open exclusively to military veterans for the first 48 hours of the job postings. Fellows will work in the Austin offices of the solicitor general or in civil litigation. The Coleman fellows will work closely with lawyers in representing Texas’ interests before...

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Tyler Senior Center to host Painting Party

On Aug. 17, the Tyler Senior Center will host a painting party for those ages 50 and better from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants can join volunteer instructors JoAnne Taylor and Diane Perry and create their own masterpiece. Instruction, supplies and canvas are included in the $25 registration fee. Light hor d’oeuvres and punch will be served. Each participant will be guided with step-by-step instructions while painting their own piece of art. At the end of the evening, participants will leave with their own masterpiece. The Tyler Senior Center is located at 1915 Garden Valley Rd. Space is limited...

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Cornyn Statement on HUD Announcement

                                                              Cornyn Supported Funding as Part of Recently-Passed Omnibus Appropriations Bill U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it would allocate to the State of Texas an additional $18,996,000 to support disaster recovery efforts: “In the face of devastating natural disasters, Texans have continued to show unwavering strength,” said Sen. Cornyn. “These resources will go...

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Gallery Exhibits annouces Entry Deadline

Artists have a limited amount of time to submit their work for the jurying phase of Gallery Main Street’s “On the Cutting Room Floor” fine art exhibit. The artwork for this exhibit should “be inspired by imagining what could be left behind from creating a movie or a slide show.”   The deadline for entry is midnight on Friday, Aug. 18.   “Our entry process is entirely online, so artists submit artwork easily and quickly,” said Beverly Abell of the City of Tyler Main Street Department.   Artists should visit www.DowntownTylerArts.com and click on “Gallery Exhibits” and then “Gallery Exhibit Information for Artists” in the left-hand column of the page. That link will lead artists to a page that provides all of the information they need, as well as links to the actual entry service site.   A helpful feature of the entry process is a full description of exhibit themes. The following is offered for “On the Cutting Room Floor:” “Be inspired to create an artwork by imagining what could be left behind to create a movie or a slide show or chosen to be shown to a wide audience on a screen. Or perhaps it is just your vision to distill and refine your unique idea of an artwork.”   Information on Gallery Main Street hours and rules for entering the exhibit jury process can be found...

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