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PNS Daily Newscast - April 26, 2019 


Former V.P. Joe Biden launches his presidential campaign warning that Trump is a danger to the character of the nation. Also, on our Friday rundown: Six 2020 Dems to speak tomorrow at a forum in Vegas. Plus, thousands of Navajo homes get electricity for the first time.

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Public News Service - TX: Education

Reduced investments in public education are linked to low teacher pay, oversized classes, fewer school librarians, nurses and counselors, deferred building maintenance, and out-of-date textbooks. (Pxhere)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas teachers earned more than 22 percent less in weekly wages than similar college graduates in 2018, after accounting for education, experience and other factors, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report. Report co-author Sylvia Allegretto, an economist at the U

Mercury pollution in the United States has declined by 80 percent since 2012. The neurotoxic heavy metal has been shown to disrupt fetal brain development. (PDTillman/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mothers from 15 states including Texas traveled to the nation's capital this week to testify against moves by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which set limits on mercury and other toxic pollution from coal-fired power

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts more than 100,000 additional social workers will be needed in the United States in just seven years. (NASW)

AUSTIN, Texas – March is National Social Work Month, and a rally is set for Thursday on the steps of the Texas State Capitol to highlight the ways social workers help Texans of all ages overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. Miriam Nisenbaum, executive director of the Texas chapt

Three in four kids who lost health coverage in 2017 live in states, including Texas, that have not expanded Medicaid coverage. (USAF)

AUSTIN, Texas – For the first time in a decade, the number of uninsured children in the United States has gone up. According to a new Georgetown University report, the number of uninsured kids rose by more than 275,000 in 2017, and nearly 4 million children in the U.S. now lack coverage. Tex

In Texas, 30 percent of kids younger than age 5 live in hard-to-count census tracts. These 582,000 children are at risk of being overlooked in the upcoming 2020 census. (AECF)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 43rd in child well-being – which makes it one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report ranks states for indicators of health, education, economic well-being and family and community.

The majority of people who commit violent acts don't have a diagnosable mental-health condition, but survivors face risks. (Pxhere)

SANTA FE, Texas – As Santa Fe High School students head back into the classroom today, mental-health experts want them to know that help is available. Holly Doggett, the executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says students headed back into classro

The average Texas public school teacher makes about $6,000 a year less than the national average, but state law prohibits educators from going on strike for better pay and benefits. (mashjaja/Twenty20)

AUSTIN, Texas — Statistics out this week show that teachers' salaries in Texas now rank among the bottom third of all 50 states. Although teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona have walked out or are preparing to walk out of the classroom in protest, the more than 350,000 public sch

Organizers expect a large crowd at the April 21 March for Science rally at the State Capitol in Austin. (MarchforScience)

AUSTIN, Texas – Organizers of Austin's annual March for Science hope to send a message to state lawmakers - stop politicizing, and start respecting science. The march and rally, scheduled for Saturday, will coincide with the city's annual Earth Day celebration. Planners expect a crowd of sev

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