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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Public News Service - Texas

PHOTO: People with weakened immune systems or lung diseases are at a higher risk of developing health problems from the common mold Aspergillus (as seen above). Photo credit: albertstraub/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - A new study points to the growing threat of fungicide resistance to agriculture and public health, and calls for fundamental changes in how food is grown and traded. The report is from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Dale Wiehoff, the institute's vice president for c...Read More

Public News Service - TX

PHOTO: Houston is ranked as the sixth most polluted city in the nation in terms of ozone, but improvements could be coming with an EPA proposal to strengthen standards. Photo credit: Matthew Rutledge/Flickr.

ARLINGTON, Texas – Residents of the Lone Star State are among the few getting a chance to comment in person on a proposed national rule to cut smog by the Environmental Protection Agency. Two public hearings on the proposed updates to air-quality standards for ozone are set for today. One ...Read More

Public News Service - TX

PHOTO: Research shows that at-risk kids with mentors are more likely to be engaged in academics and other extracurricular activities, and less likely to get into trouble. Photo credit: USDA/Lance Cheung/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - Those Texans who have resolved to make a difference this year are being encouraged to consider becoming mentors to young people. A variety of mentoring programs in cities statewide match thousands of at-risk children with caring adults, but many more are in need of strong role model...Read More

Public News Service - TX

PHOTO: A new study that discounts the health implications of eating too much salt is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of many in the medical world. Photo credit: Larry and Teddy Page/Flickr.

FORT WORTH, Texas - Concerns are being raised by a number of health organizations and physicians over new research that downplays the link between high sodium consumption and health problems. The study found no association between salt intake and risk of heart failure or mortality among the elderly...Read More

Public News Service - TX

PHOTO: McDonald's is being urged to stop using meat that's been raised with antibiotics, with a new campaign from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Photo credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas – A new campaign has been launched urging the largest restaurant chain in the nation to stop purchasing meat that's been raised with antibiotics. Pamela Clough, campaign coordinator of the Stop Antibiotics Overuse Campaign with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, says there...Read More

Public News Service - TX

PHOTO: Protest events are planned around the nation today to mark the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United decision. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling removed limits on the amount of money an independent organization can spend on political campaigns. Photo credit: Ervins Strauhmanis/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - People and organizations around the state and country are marking the fifth anniversary today of a controversial decision on political spending by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling under Citizens United removed limits on campaign spending by organizations independent from the candid...Read More

Public News Service - TX

PHOTO: The penalty could be as high as $13.7 billion for BP, as the final phase in the trial over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico begins today. Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - The third and final phase in the civil trial over the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico begins Tuesday, and will determine the penalties which British Petroleum (BP) will ultimately receive for violations of the Clean Water Act. The company was al...Read More

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PHOTO: It may not feel like spring yet, but tax season will soon be arriving in Texas, and the IRS reminds taxpayers it's important to be wise in choosing a tax preparer. Photo credit: StockMonkeys.com/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins processing tax returns Tuesday, the agency offers a word of caution for those who will seek help from a paid professional. IRS spokesman Mark Hanson says most preparers are knowledgeable and trustworthy, but sometimes taxpayers can be mis...Read More

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