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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Healthcare advocates say a second version of the American Health Care Act would put even more Texans at risk of losing coverage. (SamEdwards/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Congress could vote on a new version of the GOP's American Health Care Act as early as this weekend, but a group of Texas health-care advocates is strongly opposing the bill. The proposal still makes insurance more expensive for older Americans, would strip an estimated 24 mill

A federal survey shows that Texas has reduced the number of homeless people needing shelter by 42 percent since 2007. (bodnarchuk/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Advocates for Texas' homeless population are celebrating a federal report showing a significant reduction in the number of Texans who are homeless over the past decade. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual count, homelessness in Texas dropped

Analysts say surprise medical bills from out-of-network doctors can sometimes turn a medical emergency into a financial catastrophe. (MinervaStudio/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Even though they may have health insurance, growing numbers of Texas consumers are getting unexpected bills from doctors not in the consumers' health care network. A public policy group told state legislators recently that consumers need more protection from surprise medical bills

The number of uninsured Hispanic children dropped significantly, in Texas and across the country, during the first year of the Affordable Care Act. (iStock)
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AUSTIN, Texas - The rate of uninsured Hispanic children has fallen to an historic low during the first year of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report. The study by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza, shows Texas has also made

Texas is one of the last remaining states in the nation to allow indefinite solitary confinement as punishment. (AlexRaths/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is one of only 10 states that allows juvenile justice centers to use solitary confinement indefinitely to punish children, according to a new report. The survey by the national law firm Lowenstein Sandler found 21 states now prohibit punitive isolation and 20 others impose ti

Texans who get unexpected medical bills after a visit to the hospital can now challenge those charges thanks to a new law on the books. Credit: AARP Texas
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AUSTIN, Texas - Patients who get "surprise medical bills" after a trip to the hospital now have recourse, thanks to a new Texas law passed in the last session. Trey Berndt, associate director for advocacy with AARP Texas, says people can get bills they weren't expecting, for example, when outsour

Reproductive health physicians say increases in exposure to toxic chemicals over the last four decades is threatening human reproduction and health. Credit: Tomas Sereda/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas - Dramatic increases in exposure to toxic chemicals over the last four decades is threatening human reproduction and health. That's according to a global federation of women's health physicians meeting in Vancouver, Canada this week. Tracey Woodruff is professor and director of the U

Texans urged to be prepared for hurricane season. Credit: NASA.

AUSTIN, Texas - With more than four months left in this year's hurricane season, the state Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that now is the time to review emergency plans. DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said it's important to make plans before a hurricane or tropical storm enters the Gulf.

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