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Refugee Services of Texas ups Afghan refugee settlements to 185


Refugee Services of Texas is resettling even more Afghans in Texas—planning to bring 574 total refugees by Sept. 30 of this year.

According to Russell Smith, CEO of Refugee Services of Texas, 114 refugees have already made it to Austin. By the end of the fiscal year in September, the agency plans to welcome 185 refugees total.

RST previously reported that 107 refugees would be resettled in Austin, 324 across the state.

Austin will welcome more refugees than almost all other Texas cities, with Dallas not far behind at 144 projected refugees. Fort Bliss in El Paso is expected to receive thousands of refugees, Pentagon officials said last week.

All of the immigrants incoming have received Special Immigrant Visas as well as undergone background checks and health screenings. Until refugees have been settled, including personal safety and privacy concerns, RST is keeping all identities confidential.


Kaitlin Armstrong, suspect in Moriah Wilson murder, captured in Costa Rica after more than a month on the run

(U.S. Marshals)

The Austin woman suspected of killing star cyclist visiting from out of town, Moriah "Mo" Wilson, has now been captured after evading arrest for more than a month.

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As the EPA faces limits on greenhouse gas regulations, Texas researchers work on carbon capture tech

UT is developing technology targeted at power, steel, cement and other industrial plants to lower emissions. (UT Austin)

On Thursday, the Supreme Court limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority in regulating greenhouse gases, a move that comes at a time when experts have warned about the need to take action on climate change.

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