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PNS Daily Newscast - February 27, 2020 


Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - TX: Climate Change/Air Quality

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

According to the latest report by international climate scientists, just 11 years remain to reverse course on climate pollution before the path toward catastrophic impacts becomes irreversible. (Julian Meehan/Flickr)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden, Texas students are joining a global strike today calling for immediate action on climate change. Jacob Slaughter, organizer with the group Aggies for Climate Justice, says students' aims include creat

Mercury pollution in the United States has declined by 80 percent since 2012. The neurotoxic heavy metal has been shown to disrupt fetal brain development. (PDTillman/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mothers from 15 states including Texas traveled to the nation's capital this week to testify against moves by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which set limits on mercury and other toxic pollution from coal-fired power

In December, the Texas Municipal Power Association announced plans to shutter the Gibbons Creek coal-fired power plant indefinitely due to high operating costs. (Pmelton87/Wikimedia Commons)

GEORGETOWN, Texas – In 2018, Georgetown became the first city in Texas to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, and conservationists are pushing Austin, Bryan, Garland, San Antonio and other municipalities to join some 100 cities nationwide that have made commitments to tr

Biologists are concerned that a wall constructed along the U.S.-Mexico border could disrupt migration routes for wildlife, including bighorn sheep that populate Big Bend National Park. (National Park Service)

EL PASO, Texas - As Congress pushes back a funding deadline to avoid a government shutdown, conservation groups are urging representatives to reject any spending bill that includes funding for a border wall. Sergio Avila, a wildlife biologist with The Sierra Club, said he believes the $22 billion p

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