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PNS Daily News - December 12, 2019 


A House Committee begins debate on articles of impeachment; Washington state is set to launch a paid family, medical leave program; advocates for refugees say disinformation clouds their case; and a new barrier to abortion in Kentucky.

2020Talks - December 12, 2019 


Today’s the deadline to qualify for this month’s debate, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it - the only non-white candidate who’ll be on stage. Plus, former Secretary Julián Castro questions the order of primary contests.

Public News Service - TX: Environment

PHOTO: A pulse oximetry screening caught a heart defect before Christian Popp was sent home from the hospital. Christian is now 3 1/2 and said to be doing miraculously. Photo credit: Curtis Popp.

AUSTIN, Texas - The American Heart Association says it is a simple test that can save lives, and a bill introduced at the State Capitol seeks to make sure the test is done on all Texas newborns. The test is called a pulse oximetry screening, and can help catch babies with birth defects of the heart

PHOTO: With an eye toward reducing pollution, a ban on single-use bags takes affect today in Austin. Photo credit: John Michaelson

AUSTIN, Texas – The phrase "paper or plastic" is slowly disappearing from the lexicon of shoppers in Austin, Texas. A new ordinance that bans single use bags in favor of reusable takes effect Friday. "The single use bags wreak a lot of havoc for such a small part of the waste stream,”

PHOTO: Trial is set to begin Monday in the civil case against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This photo was taken 2 years after the spill and environmentalists say the long-term impact is still unknown. CREDIT: Craig Guillot/NWF

AUSTIN, Texas – There is a renewed call to make sure BP is held accountable, as the civil trial for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster nears. Court proceedings are set to start Monday in New Orleans, but it is possible that the trial will be averted with a settlement between BP and the

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AUSTIN, Texas - Another push is under way in the Texas Legislature to make sure future road projects in the state are safe for everyone, not just vehicles. Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving, who will carry the "Complete Streets" bill in the House, says it makes financial sense to encourage develope

Katie Weatherby recycles plastic bottles in the recycling bins provided by her San Marcos apartment complex, Hillside Ranch. Photo credit: Erin Dyer

DALLAS, Texas - While most individual households in major Texas cities now have recycling opportunities, the so-called "right to recycle" is still out of reach for many. Some communities are responding by requiring apartment buildings, businesses and public institutions to provide recycling services

PHOTO: This fracking waste pit is located in Wise County, Texas. Photo credit: Sharon Wilson.

AUSTIN, Texas - For the first time in more than two decades, the Texas rulebook for oil and gas operations is about to be significantly revised. Environmental and public-interest groups are praising draft regulations from the Railroad Commission of Texas. Current rules haven't kept pace with the f

PHOTO: As ozone season winds down, it appears that Texas’ current plan to meet federal air quality standards is falling short.

DALLAS – As November marks the end of the ozone season, Texas officials and environmentalists are busy analyzing trends in the state's air quality - and they're drawing starkly different conclusions. Every few years, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has to convince the fed

PHOTO: Plane spraying dispersants on spilled oil. Photo courtesy of the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

BEAUMONT, Texas - It's decision time for many whose livelihoods were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. Private claims of economic hardship against oil giant British Petroleum (BP) will become part of a class-action settlement process, with participants likely forf

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