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PNS Daily News - October 26, 2020 


Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moves toward a final vote; judicial appointments issue looms in the election; and five COVID-19 infections confirmed within VP Mike Pence's inner circle.


2020Talks - October 26, 2020 


Youth voter turnout has been high in early voting. And presidential candidates court swing-state voters in the last days until November 3.

Public News Service - TX: Climate Change/Air Quality

Mortality rates are down, but cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in U.S. children ages 1-19. (unitypoint.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Cancer is the leading cause of death among children, despite advances in treatment. David Levine, cofounder and president of the American Sustainable Business Council, leads an effort to encourage policymakers to address the environmental causes of childhood cancers. He said elect

Texas currently averages more than 60 dangerous heat days a year with 115 such days predicted by 2050. (NOAA)

HOUSTON - As climate change relentlessly drives up summer temperatures, the city of Houston and Harris County will learn their hottest spots next month with aid from local residents. A heat-mapping project is designed to help communities reshape themselves with the goal of cooling off urban enviro

Texas is ranked first in the United States for variety and frequency of natural disasters, with 352 federally declared disasters since 1953, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (pewtrusts.org)

HOUSTON - Texas is set to receive a significant chunk of money this year from the federal government to repair damage from Hurricane Harvey and multiple years of flooding, and a new report says much of it should be invested in natural and nature-based solutions. Jessie Ritter is the director of wa

The Gulf Coast states include more than 17,000 miles of tidal shoreline. (fisheries.noaa.gov)

AUSTIN, Texas -- As another hurricane season approaches, many coastal communities could benefit from more natural infrastructure, or living shorelines. A new report says red tape can be an issue and states such as Texas could be doing more to change that. The National Wildlife Federation resear

Exposure to benzene, a carcinogen released at oil and gas refineries, can cause vomiting, headaches, anemia, increased risk of cancer and death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Patrick Hendry/Wikimedia Commons)

HOUSTON, Texas -- Ten U.S. oil refineries, including six in Texas, have released levels of cancer-causing benzene into nearby communities above Environmental Protection Agency limits requiring companies to take action to reduce pollution. An Environmental Integrity Project study used data from air

Physical symptoms of stress due to long commutes range from headaches and backaches to digestive problems and high blood pressure. Mental ills include sleep disturbances, fatigue and concentration problems. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas — More workers are stressed out before they even get to the office, according to a new survey of 2,800 workers conducted by the staffing firm Robert Half. Half of the workers said driving to and from work is stressful. Stress has been linked to numerous negative long-term healt

Texas students are getting hands on, high-tech experience growing fresh produce inside converted shipping containers. (Freight Farms)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texas schools are using refrigerated freight containers converted into hydroponic farms as an extension of the classroom. At IDEA charter schools, students learn how to grow leafy greens and other vegetables, and deliver their harvests directly to the school cafeteria. C

Rooftop solar reduces the need to tap expensive power plants during spikes in demand, keeping prices down for all electricity customers and strengthening grid viability. (USAF)

AUSTIN, Texas – This weekend, homeowners in Texas and all 50 states are opening their homes to friends, neighbors or anyone curious about adding solar energy to power homes. Texas ranks sixth nationally for total installed solar capacity, but most solar arrays are at utility scale, not on in

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