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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump fixer Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: higher smoking rates causing some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - TX: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

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

A federal judge has ordered changes to the Texas foster care system, and appointed people to monitor and report on its progress for the next three years. (Yazolino/GettyImages)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Children's advocates are crying foul after state officials appealed a federal judge's ruling mandating numerous changes to the state's foster care system. The order describes the system as "still broken," and lists additional steps to protect abused and neglected chi

A memorial for 26 members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs killed in last Sunday's shooting is set in a field across from the church. (Olsen/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Another deadly mass shooting, this time in a south Texas town, has some state legislators seeking to recast the debate over gun violence as a public health issue. At a news conference by the group Texas Gun Sense, lawmakers and others said the killing of 26 people by a lone gunman

Advocates say DNA testing of evidence in rape kits is the key to identifying suspects in sexual assault cases. (GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas — With the passage of a bill establishing a tracking system for evidence in sexual-assault cases, Texas has become the first state to implement comprehensive rape-kit reforms. There are an estimated 20,000 or more untested rape kits sitting in evidence lockers around the state,

An Annie E. Casey Foundation report says child welfare agencies should provide foster parents with more training, recognition and support. (fstop123/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – There is a critical need for more and better-trained foster parents to care for children whose lives have been turned upside down, a new report says. The Annie E. Casey Foundation study also said that foster parents in Texas and across the country should have more input in dev

The AVOICE hotline provides legal help in Texas for victims of domestic abuse and other violent crimes. (Highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Victims of violent crime in Texas, particularly victims of domestic abuse, have a strong advocate to help them with legal issues they may face following an assault. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the group Advocates for Victims of Crime, also called AVOICE, wor

The Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault hotline is open in Texas to help people with legal issues that might result from a sexual assault. (southernfried/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Survivors of sexual assault in Texas now have access to a hotline to help them deal with the legal issues they may encounter afterward. The hotline service, called "Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault," can provide free and confidential answers to legal questions and extensive

It is Texas Veterans Legal Aid Week, and military veterans with civil-law concerns won't have to look far for justice. Credit: southernfried/morguefile

DALLAS – You might say this entire week is Veterans Day for current and former service members in Texas who have legal questions. Through Friday (Nov. 13), local bar associations, law schools and some private attorneys across the state are volunteering their time to advise veterans on matters

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