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    PNS Daily News - February 8, 20160 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast including: the presidential hopefuls eye New Hampshire; how the nation’s two-tiered justice system is benefiting corporations; and gun control laws in Maryland in limbo after an appeals court decision.

Public News Service - Texas

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on the effectiveness of their tobacco control policies (Maryhere/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas gets a failing grade for its statewide tobacco-control policies, according to the American Lung Association. The group rates states based on categories such as tobacco prevention and control, tobacco tax rates, smoke-free air and access to smoking-cessation services. JoAnna St...Read More

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Wildlife-conservation groups say proposed new rules for marine mammal parks could make the animals' lives worse, not better. (aconant/morguefile)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Wildlife groups are protesting new federal rules designed to improve conditions for captive marine mammals in places such as Sea World in San Antonio, saying the rule could weaken some existing protections. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a proposal to further r...Read More

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The Zika virus is prevalent in the areas seen in purple, mostly in the Caribbean basin, Central and South America, and southern Mexico. (CDC)

AUSTIN, Texas - Public health officials in Texas are reporting nine cases of the Zika virus in the state's three largest cities. The Department of State Health Services said Tuesday it has confirmed seven cases in the Houston area and one in San Antonio, all persons who recently traveled to countri...Read More

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Today is the last day for Texans to register to vote in the March 1 Texas Primary. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas – Today is the last day for Texans to register to vote in the March 1 primary, but you will also need to make sure you have proper identification when you cast your ballot. Texas election laws require voters to present an approved ID before entering the voting booth. Alicia P...Read More

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A grand jury indicted two anti-abortion activists on Monday who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood officials last year. (Wikimedia Commons)

HOUSTON - A Houston grand jury has indicted two anti-abortion activists who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood officials last year and then edited and released the videos. The indictment charged David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress with felony tampering with governme...Read More

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Animal rights groups are protesting a plan to bring 18 elephants threatened by drought to zoos in the U.S. instead of relocating them in Africa. (biberty/morguefile)

DALLAS - A coalition of animal rights advocates is protesting a federal permit that allows the Dallas Zoo and two others in the U.S. to accept African elephants. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week approved a permit for the zoos to import 18 elephants from a government park in Swaziland, in...Read More

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A policy brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation urges government leaders to find more ways to help low-income families build assets and save for the future. (DodgertonSkillhouse/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - It's tough these days for low-income families to set aside money, but a new policy brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is urging government leaders to make saving easier. Beadsie Woo, senior associate with the Casey Foundation, says the federal government needs to develop prog...Read More

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The Texas Attorney General has formed a new unit to assist law-enforcement agencies with human-trafficking crimes. (southernfried/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is putting some legal muscle behind current efforts to combat human trafficking in the state. The Texas Attorney General's office has formed a new unit tasked with reducing both labor and sex trafficking and prosecuting the perpetrators. Attorney General Ken Paxton says the ...Read More

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