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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 

    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Public News Service - Texas

Texas Tech University celebrates Women's Equality Day today. Credit: Gajus.

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University is celebrating Women's Equality Day in true 21st-century style. Since students always are looking at their smartphones or tablets, said Tricia Earl, coordinator of the school's Women's Studies Program, the program decided to launch a national tweet chat at #WE...Read More

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PHOTO: Only 13 percent of American women have access to paid maternity leave. Credit: SolStock.

AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. is dramatically behind the rest of the world in providing adequate support for mothers to spend time with their newborn babies, according to an investigative report by In These Times magazine. Sharon Lerner, the report's author, found most other countries, rich or poor, ma...Read More

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Single mothers and women of color stand to benefit the most from the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime eligibility rules. Credit: michaeljung.

AUSTIN, Texas - Single mothers and women of color stand to gain the most from the Obama administration's new overtime rules. That's the conclusion of a new study by MomsRising and the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The new rules would raise the threshold for overtime eligibility to workers ...Read More

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Events like the Super Bowl could on the line in the vote on anti-discrimination in November. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/Wikimedia Commons.

HOUSTON - A coalition of 35 organizations is mounting "Houston Unites," a campaign to keep the city's equal rights ordinance on the books. Terri Burke, executive director with the ACLU of Texas, says a lot of money is at stake if the measure is repealed in the November election. She points out Fac...Read More

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Two new reports show Texas leads the nation in producing wind energy. Credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas leads the nation in total output of wind energy, according to two new reports from the federal Department of Energy. The Lone Star State has installed more than 14,000 megawatts of power - more than twice as much as California, the next-highest state. The studies also show Tex...Read More

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Texas' voter ID requirements swayed 2014 elections. Credit: Rice University/

HOUSTON – Texas' voter ID law kept some voters away from the polls in the 2014 elections, according to a new report. The Rice University study focused on the Latino-majority 23rd U.S. Congressional District, and shows that confusion over identification requirements discouraged as many as 9 p...Read More

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Several videos purport to show Planned Parenthood discussing fetal tissue donation. Credit: Hourick/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - A move in the U.S. Senate to cut more than $500 million in federal funding from Planned Parenthood fell short Monday. But top Republican leaders including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas say they'll eventually get the job done. Texas stripped state funding for Planned Parenthood two years ag...Read More

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Texas is on the hook to reduce carbon emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants. Credit: Larry D. Moore/Wikimedia Commons.

HOUSTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a significant step to slash carbon pollution with Monday's release of the Clean Power Plan. The plan calls for states to reduce emissions from power plants that burn fossil fuels by over 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Juan Pa...Read More

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