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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Public News Service - Texas

The Texas Supreme Court building. The court has established a new commission to help more low-and-middle income Texans access civil legal services. Credit: WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN, Texas - Liberty and justice for all – that familiar ideal from the Pledge of Allegiance – isn't a reality for many Texans who have to face divorce, child custody, domestic violence and other legal challenges without an attorney. However, that could change if a new commission la...Read More

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As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, a food expert reminds cooks across America to follow common sense safety tips. Credit: USDA

AUSTIN, Texas – On Thanksgiving Day, cooks in homes across the nation are faced with the challenge of setting a table with food that's not just delicious but also safe to eat. And Amy Simonne, a professor with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has a few...Read More

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Texas is stepping up efforts to make healthy, locally grown food available to its students. Credit: danny4stockphoto/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is stepping up efforts to make healthy, locally grown food available to its students. Three groups won grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week to strengthen a wide range of farm-to-school programs. Andrew Smiley, deputy director of the Sustaina...Read More

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The ACLU of Texas and other groups plan to file amicus briefs with the U.S Supreme Court opposing a law they say limits access to abortion services. Credit: Agnostic Preacher's Kid/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a Texas case that could decide whether imposing regulations on abortion providers constitutes an undue burden by restricting patients' access. Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, applauded the move and says h...Read More

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A new study of bike-share programs in Sun Belt cities shows the majority of rides are replacing other modes of transportation. Credit: Seraphimblade/Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN, Texas - More people are sharing bicycles to meet their daily transportation needs and people living in Sun Belt cities are also using bike-share programs for recreation according to a new report from Rice University. Kelsey Walker, research fellow and report co-author with Rice's Kinder I...Read More

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After Keystone XL's defeat, Texas residents are stepping up efforts to block an even bigger natural gas pipeline through the Chihuahuan Desert. Credit: Ricraider/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - After the White House rejected the highly publicized Keystone XL, ranchers, artists and other residents in southwest Texas are working to stop an even bigger natural-gas pipeline. The Dallas-based company Energy Transfer Partners claims that the Trans-Pecos, a 143-mile-long, 42-inch...Read More

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It is Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week, and military veterans with civil-law concerns won't have to look far for justice. Credit: southernfried/morguefile

DALLAS – You might say this entire week is Veterans Day for current and former service members in Texas who have legal questions. Through Friday (Nov. 13), local bar associations, law schools and some private attorneys across the state are volunteering their time to advise veterans on matters ...Read More

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The Houston ISD will vote on a proposal Thursday to ban suspensions for its youngest students. Credit: eropdfklcvnm/Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN, Texas - The Houston Independent School District on Thursday will consider a proposal to ban suspensions for its youngest students. According to a new report by the advocacy group Texas Appleseed, thousands of the state's children - many in pre-kindergarten - are suspended and labeled "prob...Read More

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