PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 

GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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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.

PHOTO: The preterm birth rate in Texas continues to trend down, with seven straight years of declines to reach 12.3 percent as of 2013. Photo credit: César Rincón/Flickr.<br />

HOUSTON - The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Texas continues to fall, but the progress is slow and that could hamper goals nationwide for healthier babies. As of last year, the U.S. premature birth rate had fallen to 11.4 percent. In Texas the rate was nearly a percent higher, says Dr

PHOTO: Attorneys across Texas are being recognized for providing about $500 million worth of legal services to low-income residents each year. Photo credit: Stuart Seeger/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - This is National Pro Bono Week, and while it will soon come to a close, the dramatic need for affordable legal services in Texas is a real struggle that continues each and every day. Attorney Harry Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, says with around five-mil

PHOTO: It couldn't get much worse for long-term care in Texas, according to areport that ranks the state 49th in the nation for quality of care and quality of life. Photo credit: Xavi Talleda/Flickr<br />
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AUSTIN, Texas – It's a finding that's being called dismal, as a scorecard on long-term care ranks Texas 49th in the nation for quality of care and quality of life. Trey Berndt, associate state director of AARP in Texas, says among the factors in that low quality rating were the high staff tu

PHOTO: Texas residents are being reminded that a photo ID is required to cast a ballot as early voting for the March primaries begins today. Photo credit: Nicole Klauss
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AUSTIN, Texas - Early voting for the state's upcoming primaries begins today. Voters are reminded that a current photo ID is needed to cast a ballot. This will be just the second election with the ID requirement. Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry said seven types of identification are allowed

PHOTO: The Texas men and women who have served in the military are being honored on this Veterans Day, but some folks are making sure vets in the state have the support they need every week of the year. Photo credit: Paul Long

AUSTIN, Texas - For many veterans who have returned home from Afghanistan and Iraq, the move back into civilian life can present a variety of barriers. But people are stepping up across the state - and the help is year-round, not just on Veterans Day. One program, Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans,

PHOTO: The ACLU of Texas has filed a lawsuit claiming that a Customs and Border Protection agent used unwarranted force and physically abused a U.S. citizen during questioning last fall. Photo credit: Bill Morrow.
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency is facing a new lawsuit over an alleged false arrest and excessive use of force against a U.S. citizen. The incident happened last November as a pregnant woman with disabilities was confronted by an agent outside her workplace in Br

PHOTO: The Affordable Care Act is expected to help more women in the fight against breast cancer. CREDIT: Army Medicine

AUSTIN, Texas – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year's event marks a major shift in women being able to access the health care they need. Under the Affordable Care Act, women cannot be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition and out of pocket costs are

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