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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - TX: Environment

PHOTO: A yellow-rumped warbler. CREDIT: Robert Nunnally

AUSTIN, Texas - From their beautiful tunes to their stunning colors, songbirds still are migrating across the state and putting on their best displays this time of year. According to Steve Gross, a past president of the Texas Ornithological Society, while some may believe it's too late for bird-watc

PHOTO:  A bill being debated at the Texas State Capitol would require manufacturers to follow accredited standards or to use a certified electronics recycler. Old electronics contain heavy metals and toxins that can leach into the ground and water if not disposed of properly. CREDIT: Curtis Palmer

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly 150,000 tons of old televisions, computers, phones and other electronics are disposed of every year in Texas. Keeping as much as possible out of landfills is the aim of legislation being debated at the State Capitol. The bill, House Bill 3465, would require manufacturers to f

PHOTO: International politics could prove a hurdle in the effort to have the San Antonio Missions be designated a World Heritage Site. Pictured is the Mission San Jose Church.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The years-long effort to secure a World Heritage Site designation for the Alamo and the other San Antonio Missions could be in jeopardy. The designation is awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), but the United States has been wi

PHOTO: The San Saba River in Texas has been named one of America's Most Endangered Rivers for 2013. The report from American Rivers says the San Saba is being threatened by excessive water withdrawals. CREDIT: Frank Bodden

AUSTIN, Texas - The 2013 list of America's Most Endangered Rivers is out - and the San Saba River in Texas is on it. The report from the group American Rivers cites excessive water withdrawals by landowners and irrigators. That has a negative impact on agriculture and the ecosystem, said Griff Thom

PHOTO: The new report “Turning up the Heat II” says the thermostat industry's voluntary recycling program has captured only 8% of the mercury thermostats that have come out of service in the past decade. CREDIT: Stephen Cummings

AUSTIN, Texas – Voluntary efforts to keep mercury thermostats out of the trash in Texas and nationwide are failing, according to a new analysis called Turning Up The Heat. Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project, says the programs run by manufacturers have captured only a smal

PHOTO: The city of Houston is considering a move to

HOUSTON – The city of Houston is being urged to trash its proposal for a one bin garbage and recycling system. City officials are considering a plan for residents to toss all waste into a single bin, with the separation done at a new materials recycling facility – known as a dirty MRF

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,”

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