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A grim milestone as U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 100,000; and 'housing justice' advocates fear folks who lost their jobs could lose their homes.

2020Talks - May 28, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden condemns recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as yet another deadly encounter between police and an unarmed Black man. He did so before a virtual talk with PA Gov. Tom Wolf, ahead of next Tuesday's eight primaries.

Public News Service - TX: Environment

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - April is "Earth Month," when the environment gets more of the spotlight than usual. One major Texas retailer is hoping its customers will pay attention - at the cash register. The HEB grocery chain tear-pad program makes it easy to donate $1, $3, or $5 to environmental causes wh

AUSTIN, Texas - Two years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are just beginning to gauge its long-term impact, according to a just-released National Wildlife Federation report. While coastal areas in Texas and other Gulf states may appear relatively normal on the surface, the

DALLAS - As drilling companies seek to tap huge reserves of natural gas using modern technologies, some cities are finding it tricky to write new rules for hydraulic fracturing in residential areas. "Fracking" injects high volumes of water and chemicals into shale formations to release the gas. Al

AUSTIN, Texas - In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a measure which would ensure that the majority of settlement funds from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill are used in the Gulf of Mexico. The RESTORE Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex

AUSTIN, Texas - Sure, those new electric meters are "smart," but are they safe? The high-tech devices that have been replacing millions of spinning-dial electric meters across the state can automatically transmit a wealth of usage information to consumers and providers. Privacy advocates are concern

AUSTIN, Texas - Supporters of Thursday's decision by the Austin City Council to stop retailers from providing customers with single-use paper and plastic bags predict the movement will continue to spread across the state and nation. Bag restrictions already are in place in Brownsville, Fort Stockto

AUSTIN, Texas - The original purpose of a state tax break that has been in place since 1989 was to encourage innovation and risk-taking by a struggling natural gas industry. Business boomed after new drilling techniques such as "fracking" became commonplace, tapping massive reserves of shale gas.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Controversial gas-extraction practices could become a little less so in Texas today, as new mandatory disclosure rules take effect. The industry's reluctance to reveal the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing - or "fracking" - have fueled public concern about the possible environm

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