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PNS Daily News - September 16, 2019 


New allegations emerge against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh; and a new report says a lightning strike is more likely than a forced arbitration win.

2020Talks - September 16, 2019. (3 min.)  


2020 presidential hopefuls tweet about more sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Democrats who didn't make it onto last week's debate stage continue their grassroots approaches.

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The Houston ISD will vote on a proposal Thursday to ban suspensions for its youngest students. Credit: eropdfklcvnm/Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN, Texas - The Houston Independent School District on Thursday will consider a proposal to ban suspensions for its youngest students. According to a new report by the advocacy group Texas Appleseed, thousands of the state's children - many in pre-kindergarten - are suspended and labeled "prob

One in six Texas households struggled to avoid hunger in 2014 despite a fully recovered economy, according to new report. Credit: Andrejs Zemdega.

AUSTIN, Texas - One-point-seven million Texas households experienced hunger or engaged in coping mechanisms to avoid it at some point last year. That's more than any other state except California, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Celia Cole, CEO with Feeding Tex

PHOTO: The Texas House of Representatives has passed HB 31 and HB 32, which call for nearly $5 billion in sales and business tax cuts. The bills' sponsors say the measures will save a family of four $172 a year. Critics argue the state needs to invest surpluses in children and infrastructure. Photo credit: Texas Sunset Advisory Commission.

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House passed nearly $5 billion in sales and business tax cuts earlier this week. Proponents say the move will boost the economy and put an additional $172 into a family of four's pockets. Critics warn tax cuts mean reduced funding for public schools, health care and social

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: A dual focus on both kids and their parents is needed to ensure a brighter future for the millions of Texas children living in low-income families, according to new Annie E. Casey Foundation research. Photo credit: Wendy Piersall/Flickr.<br />

AUSTIN, Texas - For the millions of Texas children growing up in low-income families, a new report finds a two-generation approach is needed to give those kids the best shot at succeeding later in life. The KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says strengthening families will take m

PHOTO: In order for children in Texas and across the nation to succeed, it's critical that they have support in areas such as education and health in their first eight years. CREDIT: Bruce Szalwinski

AUSTIN, Texas – A new report details how the first eight years of a child's life are the most critical in determining if he or she will go on to succeed, and that's why investments are needed. Frances Deviney, director of Texas Kids Count, says the report verifies how important those first y

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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HENDERSON, Texas - An east Texas high school senior who reported being raped on campus by a fellow student in 2010 was wronged when she was punished alongside her alleged attacker, according to a finding this week by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The decision clears th

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