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July 27, 2010

Texas ranks 48th in teen birth rate

AUSTIN — A new study shows Texas has the third highest rate of teenage births in the country.

The annual Kids Count report, released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, says more than 54,000 babies were born to girls between the ages of 15 and 19 in 2007. The rate has improved since 2000, but still earns Texas a 48th ranking nationally.

Overall, the study ranked Texas 34th for children's well-being. Texas ranks near the bottom in the number of children living in poverty.

With an anticipated state shortfall of $18 billion, advocates for children and the poor are concerned that cuts to state services could exacerbate problems for the poor.

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