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Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.


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Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - TX: Environment

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

PALISADES, N.Y. - While the current Texas drought is the result of naturally varying conditions, climate scientists predict much more of the same in coming decades because of long-term warming trends. Texas is poised to surpass a 1956 dry spell and record its worst drought on record if high heat an

AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry is emerging as a possible top contender for the Republican Party's presidential nomination - partly because Texas has seen the largest job-growth figures in the nation since the recession. Some analysts, however, warn that statistics can be misleading. It's been dubb

AUSTIN, Texas - One of the bills Gov. Perry signed into law over the weekend allows Texas to make an end run around the 2007 Energy Independence Act, which phases out the sale of inefficient light bulbs by 2014. The new law says Texans can continue to buy whatever bulbs they want - as long as they'r

AUSTIN, Texas - Twenty states have laws providing for the recycling of old televisions, which reduces the amount of electronic waste in landfills. After a state House vote on Thursday, it appears Texas will join the club. The bill, which already has passed in the Senate, would require TV manufactur

AUSTIN, Texas - State lawmakers have received a scolding from the Travis County Commissioners Court. It came in the form of a unanimous resolution opposing legislative efforts to balance the budget primarily by means of cuts to programs and services. Several other counties are considering similar re

AUSTIN, Texas - Environmentalists organized by the Texas Campaign for the Environment converge on the state Capitol today, trying to focus attention on the need to reduce disposable bags in the waste stream. "Plastic Bag Monsters" will also be roaming the grounds. Here's a preview of what those "mon

AUSTIN, Texas - Thousands of Texans are expected to converge on the state Capitol today, hoping to talk lawmakers out of plans to balance the state budget mostly with sweeping program cuts instead of new revenues. Organizers of the "Save Our State" rally say many Texans are under the mistaken impre

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