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PNS Daily Newscast - August 18, 2017 


In our rundown spotlight today: at least 13 are dead in Barcelona after a driver ran his van into pedestrians; a researcher examines ways to resolve racial inequality; and a new study finds Latinos will fuel a quarter of America's economic growth in 2020.

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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

A federal court recently ruled that Texas Congressional Districts 20, 23 and 27, as drawn in 2011, discriminate against minority voters and violate the Voting Rights Act. (Wikipedia)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A group of plaintiffs is asking a federal court to force Texas to redraw the state's current congressional district boundaries ahead of the November 2018 elections. The three-judge panel ruled March 10 that Republicans had drawn three of the state's congressional distric

Texas is among a growing number of states considering a call for a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution. (Moussa81/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is among a growing list of states to consider seeking a convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Texas Senate, acting on a call by Gov. Greg Abbott, has approved a measure for a convention of states that would shorten the usual process of Congress a

A coalition of legal and civil-rights groups will continue a court fight against the Texas Voter ID Law, despite the Department of Justice dropping its support for the case. (Pietruzka/iStockphoto)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The U.S. Department of Justice, now under the Trump administration, has informed a federal judge that it will no longer support plaintiffs in their case challenging the Texas Voter ID Law. The plaintiffs, a coalition of legal and civil-rights groups, seek to prove that

Pro-choice protesters make their opinions known at a rally in front of the Texas state Capitol. (vichinterlang/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of justice and reproductive rights groups aims to organize into a cohesive political movement the hundreds of thousands of Texans who protested at rallies last month. The groups have formed a campaign called Trust. Respect. Access. to pursue a reproductive health,

Under President Trump's new immigration policy, some refugees arriving at U.S. airports over the weekend were detained or turned back. (ampak/iStockphoto)

DALLAS -- As President Trump's executive order plunged the U.S. immigration system into chaos over the weekend, refugee advocates in Texas were scrambling to make sense of the situation. Hundreds of migrants were detained at international airports around the country, including at Dallas-Fort Worth

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