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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - TX: Civic Engagement

The White House has severely cut the funding for community groups, often called Navigators, that help people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (Raedle/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – This week, the Affordable Care Act survived another repeal effort in Congress, but behind the scenes, the federal government is adding obstacles and making major cuts to its funding. The Department of Health and Human Services has slashed the ACA's advertising budget, and significa

Scientists say the uncontrolled release of carbon dioxide is one of the key factors driving climate change. (Pixabay)

LAREDO, Texas – In the wake of devastating damage from Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast, the consumer group Public Citizen is touring cities across Texas to talk about climate change. The tour is designed to engage students, scientists, activists, elected officials and the public in

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

Aaron Tobias inspects what is left of his Rockport home after Hurricane Harvey made landfall Saturday as a Category 4 storm with 130-mph winds. (JoeRaedle/GettyImages)

ROCKPORT, Texas – Consumer advocates are advising Texas property owners who sustained damage from Hurricane Harvey to file a claim with their insurance company as soon as possible. A law passed by the Texas Legislature, called the "Blue Tarp" bill, goes into effect on Friday and will make it

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

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs one of dozens of bills passed by the Texas Legislature this session. Opponents already have begun filing legal challenges to many of them. (TexasGovermentOnline)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature passed some of the nation's most conservative laws during the current session, but political analysts say the real battle may just be getting started. The session is scheduled to end this weekend, but when the gavel comes down, oppo

A Guttmacher Institute study finds many of the anti-abortion laws passed by the Texas Legislature aren't based on medical or scientific evidence. (MattArcher/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas leads the nation in the number of anti-abortion laws on the books that contradict scientific and medical evidence, according to a new study. The state is tied for first place among the 50 states in the Guttmacher Institute report for the number of abortion regulations t

A new poll shows opposition in several primarily Republican states to a bill in Congress that would restrict a patientís ability to sue for malpractice. (designer491/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Voters in Texas and several other key red states are overwhelmingly opposed to a bill in Congress that would limit a patient's ability to sue for medical malpractice. A survey from Public Policy Polling says 70 percent of Texas voters disapprove of House Resolution 1215, whic

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