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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

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Angell at basic training, Ft. Sill, OK. Courtesy Ryan Angell.

AUSTIN, Texas - The nation's wars may be winding down, but many returning veterans are still fighting for their lives. Suicide and mental-illness rates are skyrocketing, and those who left the service on bad terms are missing out on standard benefits - just when they need them most. An estimated on

HOUSTON – They say Gov. Rick Perry is "throwing them under the bus" by refusing to accept billions of federal dollars to expand Texas' Medicaid program under an optional provision of Obamacare. Hundreds of advocates and protestors from around the state are expected to rally at the Capitol this

HOUSTON - Gov. Perry has said he'll oppose expanded Medicaid in Texas, but the next legislature will also have a say. Meanwhile, a growing chorus of social service advocates, health care providers and local officials are making it clear: They want to tap the billions of new federal dollars that woul

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AUSTIN, Texas – Recent improvements to the long-troubled juvenile justice system in Texas are already in jeopardy, if a just-released survey of officials in 73 county youth probation departments is any indication. The state's newly created Juvenile Justice Department has emphasized community-

AUSTIN, Texas - With new signs that Texas is recovering from the recent recession faster than expected, social-services advocates are calling on lawmakers to reverse some of the more painful budget cuts implemented last year. But state leaders so far are showing few signs they will change course, wa

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HOUSTON - The scheduled Texas execution - just two weeks away, on Aug. 1 - of convicted murderer Marcus Druery is unconstitutional because he is mentally incompetent. That is according to attorneys who have asked a state district court to delay his death. While delay requests are common in capital p

AUSTIN, Texas - A national survey released this week by AARP shows Medicare and Social Security are as popular as ever, but many Americans are not confident those senior safety nets will still be strong when they need them. AARP also has launched a website to monitor the discussion at www.earnedasay

DALLAS - A new coalition of education, civil-rights and faith-based activists says many Texas schools are behind the curve when it comes to disciplinary policies. Recent studies have shown that a heavy reliance on expulsions and suspensions tends to be counter-productive. Still, most districts leave

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