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PNS Daily Newscast - July 10, 2020 


The Supreme Court opens the door for prosecutors to seek President Trump's financial records; a backlash in Florida on school reopening plans.

2020Talks - July 10, 2020 


US Supreme Court rules on Trump's tax returns; Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP's in-person convention; Louisiana has elections; and DC council gives people incarcerated for felonies the right to vote.

Public News Service - TX: Environment

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

HOUSTON - The so-called "Green School" movement is helping more Texas children discover a love of science, technology, engineering and math - thanks, in part, to a combination of federal, state and local initiatives. National Wildlife Federation science education specialist Jennifer Hammonds, who w

AUSTIN, Texas - As many as 1.5 million U-S jobs - 68,000 in Texas - could be created in the next two decades by boosting the nation's recycling efforts, according to a new report from a coalition of environmental and labor groups. One of the obstacles to a "greener" economy is that waste companies

SAN ANGELO, Texas - Natural gas is an important, temporary ingredient in the nation's evolving energy diet, according to a new report which warns against rushing forward with controversial extraction practices - such as hydraulic fracturing now common in Texas shale deposits - without sensible resea

HOUSTON - Walmart stores in Houston, Dallas and Austin, as well as in six other states, got some early trick-or-treaters this weekend. Instead of asking for candy, though, these environmental activists wanted Walmart to recycle electronic waste. Decked out as zombie TV sets and other high-tech gho

AUSTIN, Texas - Already hard-hit by more than $4 billion of state cuts, Texas school districts may have to pony up millions more to some of the nation's largest oil refineries. So far, 16 companies, including Valero Energy, have requested $135 million in property-tax rebates they say are owed to th

AUSTIN, Texas - Facing the state's worst drought, many communities have doubled down on water restrictions, leaving homeowners wondering what to do about their yellow lawns - which are getting crispier by the day. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has been fielding an unusually high volume of

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