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    PNS Daily Newscast - Wednesday, June 1st, 20160 

    Here's a look at some of the stories making news today: A newborn in New Jersey is believed to be the first baby born with Zika related birth defects, charges could be coming in the shooting of a Silverback Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo and park rangers are asking people to stop taking selfies with wildlife at Rocky Mt. National Park.

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Texas is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (faull/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas officials are seeing a firestorm of criticism over their lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Texas, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender s...Read More

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A recent Texas Supreme Court ruling means school districts will have to wait until the 2017 legislative session for any changes to the state's school funding plan. (morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Teachers and other educators are raising concerns that a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling on the state's school funding system lets the Legislature off the hook for fixing it. The state's high court found the system to be flawed but constitutional, leaving no mandate for state law...Read More

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Texas public health officials say the aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary carrier of the Zika virus, which could reach Texas as soon as June or July. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Zika virus is on its way to Texas this summer, and officials say it could have a devastating effect on impoverished communities in coastal and border cities. Public health officials told state lawmakers this week that Zika cases contracted through the aedes aegypti mosqui...Read More

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Texas has become the largest producer of wind energy in the nation. (mj0007/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is probably not the first place you think of when it comes to renewable energy, but the Lone Star State leads the nation in wind power. How a state built on oil and gas has moved to the top of the heap took good planning and knowing which way and where the wind blows. Cyrus...Read More

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New research shows thousands of mothers across the country have been acting as advocates for their children in forcing changes in the juvenile justice system. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - As thousands of youths enter the Texas juvenile-justice system each year, a new report says thousands of mothers will face the pain of separation because their child is behind bars. A new report, "Mothers at the Gate" from the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses how some family...Read More

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Texas receives billions of dollars under a federal program each year to reimburse hospitals for uncompensated care. But federal officials are looking to phase out that program. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has thus far refused to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, but the state still receives billions of health-care dollars from the federal government. Federal officials just extended the state's Section 11-15 waiver, which reimburses hospi...Read More

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Texas recibe billones de dólares cada año bajo un programa federal para reembolsar a los hospitales por atención no remunerada. Pero funcionarios federales están considerando retirar ese programa. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Funcionarios federales concedieron a Texas una prórroga de 15 meses sobre su programa de condonación “Sección 1115”, el cual aporta fondos para reembolsos a los hospitales por la atención que brindan sin cargo para los pacientes. Pero este progra...Read More

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The group Grassroots Leadership is working to keep undocumented migrants out of prison-like facilities while they await an immigration hearing. (ericsphoto/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas judge has granted an immigrant rights group, Grassroots Leadership, a temporary restraining order against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, blocking its plans to license two controversial, prison-like detention facilities as child-care centers. The group...Read More

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