PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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A new study shows that the number of women sent to prisons in Texas has increased by more than 900 percent since 1980. (Alina555/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Prison reform advocates say too many of the 12,000 women in Texas prisons don't need to be behind bars. A study by the nonpartisan Texas Criminal Justice Coalition finds that more than two-thirds of the state's female inmates were convicted of nonviolent offenses and recommen

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A coalition of activists and attorneys is suing Texas and three other states over their "winner-take-all" system of allocating Electoral College votes. The goal is to overturn a practice that they claim disenfranchises any voter who does not cast his or her ballot for the

Members of a Houston-area family work to remove damaged sheetrock from inside their home following Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters in September. (Raedle/GettyImages)

BEAUMONT, Texas -- Three months after Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas, nearly half of the residents affected by the storm say they are not receiving the help they need to recover. A joint survey by the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that black and Hispanic

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week means Texas voters must use the Congressional district boundaries drawn up the Republican legislators in 2012. (Raedle/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A U.S. Supreme Court decision has put a temporary hold on two lower-court rulings ordering Texas to draw new Congressional districts by the 2018 elections. In a 5-4 decision, the court stayed rulings that found that the Texas Legislature had violated the federal Voting Rights Act

Women are finding equality in some areas of military service, but overall in Texas and the U.S., research indicates they are losing ground. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – Saturday is Women's Equality Day, but many women in Texas say they're losing ground instead of making gains – and new statistics back them up. A survey out this week ranks Texas the third-worst state in the country for equal status between men and women. Lucy Stein, a

A controversial bill on the agenda of an upcoming special session of the Texas Legislature would restrict where transgender Texans can use the bathroom. (Davis/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of rights groups is blasting Texas leaders for making anti-LGBTQ bills a priority when lawmakers convene this week in a special session. In a conference call with the media, the groups urged the Legislature to work on funding the state's public schools or repairin

Calif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a ban on state employee travel to Texas, with Texas' new state law legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ families in adoptions. (Angerer/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- The predicted economic backlash against Texas has begun in protest of the state's new laws that allow discrimination in the name of religious freedom. Last week, California banned official travel to Texas by state employees in response to a Texas state law allowing foster care and

Immigrants have protested to keep DAPA in place, but Homeland Security officials rescinded the program last week. (Raedle/GettyImages)

DALLAS -- A decision by the Trump Administration last week is keeping hope alive for immigrants brought to Texas and the rest of the U.S. as children. But the news isn't as good for their parents. The Department of Homeland Security said it has rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of American

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