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    PNS Daily News - May 3, 20160 


    Taking a look at what’s making news today: the Supreme Court backs away from a minimum raise challenge; working women want their struggles addressed by candidates; and Americans are encouraged to re-discover the joys of being unplugged.

Public News Service - Texas

Chemical plants in Texas release tons of deadly toxins and carcinogens each year through breakdowns and maintenance errors, according to a new report. (DanielAzocar/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Preventable breakdowns and maintenance errors are causing chemical plants across Texas to spew tons of toxic substances into the air each year, according to a new report. The Environmental Integrity Project and Environment Texas report said that despite the release of deadly substan...Read More

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An estimated 477,000 children in Texas, and 5.1 million nationwide, spend at least part of their childhood with a parent who is incarcerated. (djsash001/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - More than 5 million children in the United States, including almost a half-million in Texas, have experienced separation from a parent who is incarcerated. A new Annie E. Casey Foundation report makes a number of recommendations to state and local policymakers to help these children,...Read More

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Native Americans and others are protesting the Dos Republicas mine near Eagle Pass, where coal will be extracted and shipped to Mexico by rail. (Klotzbach/iStock)<br /><br />

EAGLE PASS, Texas - Native Americans from Texas and across the country are protesting the operations at an open-pit coal mine on the Texas-Mexico border, saying it is located on sacred ground. Members of the Lipan Apaches, the Coahuiltecan Nation, the Carrizo-Comecrudo, the Kickapoo and other trib...Read More

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One-fourth of Texas children, mainly blacks and Latinos, live in poverty, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. (ChristopherFutcher/iStock)

DALLAS - A new report shows that one-quarter of Texas' seven million children live in poverty, and that doesn't bode well for either their future, or the future of the state. The annual State of Texas Children 2016 report, released by the Center for Public Policy Priorities, evaluates the health, ed...Read More

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Drinking water for more than 82,000 Texans contains arsenic levels that exceed safe limits, and environmental groups say state officials aren’t doing enough to warn consumers. (AbelMitjaValeva/iStockphoto)<br /><br />

AUSTIN, Texas - Environmental groups want the federal government to tell Texas officials to do a better job of warning thousands of people their water is poisoned with arsenic. The Environmental Integrity Project issued a study in March showing since 2006, some 65 Texas community water systems ha...Read More

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Complaints have been filed against U.S. Border Patrol agents for confiscating money and belongings from people prior to deporting them to Mexico. (vichinterlang/iStockphoto)

EL PASO, Texas - The ACLU is among the groups that have filed an administrative complaint against the Department of Homeland Security for confiscating money and property from individuals before deporting them. The groups allege that immigration officials confiscated and failed to return personal be...Read More

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A landowner in Burleson County posts a sign opposing the Vista Ridge water pipeline project, which would pump billions of gallons from a local aquifer 142 miles to San Antonio. (SOS Alliance)

AUSTIN, Texas - A coalition of environmental groups has filed a protest with the Texas Water Development Board over a request for more than $1 billion in low-interest state loans to build a controversial 142-mile water pipeline. Clean Water Action, Environment Texas, Environmental Stewardship and ...Read More

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on a Texas case, reaffirming the “one person, one vote” rule in drawing legislative districts. (P_Wei/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has rejected a conservative challenge to the "one person, one vote" rule in how states draw their legislative districts. In Evenwel v. Abbott, a case that originated in Texas, the court ruled that districts must be drawn according t...Read More

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