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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Public News Service - Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the use of race as a factor in admissions policies at the University of Texas-Austin. (University of Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday that the University of Texas can consider race as part of its admissions criteria in order to diversify its student body was a bitter defeat for Texas conservatives, who maintain the policy discriminates against white applicants...Read More

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Immigration rights advocates say the Supreme Court tie decision on President Obama's immigration policies could hurt thousands of families. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Immigration rights advocates in Texas and other states are blasting a Supreme Court decision Thursday, which could doom President Obama's expanded immigration policies. The justices' 4-4 tie vote allowed a lower court decision to stand, preventing the president from shielding about...Read More

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Methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations contribute to climate change. (MajaPhoto/iStock)

AUSTIN, Texas - Five regions of Texas, including the massive Permian Basin and the Gulf Coast Basin, are among the areas of the country experiencing the most methane pollution leaked by hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas production. According to the Center for American Progress, 11 companies...Read More

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Las emisiones de metano procedentes de las operaciones de “fracking” hidráulico contribuyen al cambio climático. (MajaPhoto/iStock)

AUSTIN, Texas – Cinco regiones de Texas, incluyendo la Cuenca Masiva Permian y la Cuenca de la Costa del Golfo, están entre las áreas del país que muestran la mayor contaminación por producción de petróleo y gas. El metano es un poderoso gas de invernadero q...Read More

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The ACLU of Texas maintains the Texas Department of State Health Services is deliberately withholding reports containing 2014 abortion statistics. (iStockphoto)

HOUSTON – The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas maintains that state health officials are deliberately withholding abortion statistics from 2014, the first year new, restrictive regulations were in effect. The ACLU says for the past two decades, the Department of State Health Services ...Read More

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A new mapping tool pinpoints the locations of Texas oil and gas facilities within a half-mile radius of homes, neighborhoods, schools and hospitals. (Aneese/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - More than 1.5 million Texans live within one-half mile of oil and gas facilities that can release toxic emissions that are threats to health and the environment. A new mapping tool from Earthworks and the Clean Air Task Force pinpoints the locations of almost 400,000 oil and gas faci...Read More

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A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell...Read More

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According to a new study, there have been benefits for state economies and health-care systems in the states that have chosen to expand their Medicaid programs. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has the most uninsured people in the country, but state officials have rejected an almost cost-free expansion of the federal Medicaid program. As many as 1 million Texans fall into the coverage gap, where they don't qualify for Medicaid but can't afford health coverage through...Read More

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