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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


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Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - TX: Health

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from Texas Democrats to expedite a case concerning vote-by-mail access. Democrats argued that people shouldn't have to choose between their right to vote and their health during a pandemic. (pewtrusts.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas is one of several states hit hardest by COVID-19, and some faith communities are taking steps to make sure their vulnerable members can vote safely in November. Josh Houston, advocacy director for the group Texas Impact, said voting by mail is the best option for people age 6

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

Dementia is not known to increases risk for COVID-19, but dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase the risk. (alz.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Caregivers for people who have dementia or Alzheimer's disease are experiencing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 400,000 Texans are afflicted with Alzheimer's, some living in memory-care facilities but many more looked after by family or other unp

Parents exploring homeschooling in Texas say they're worried about their kids contracting COVID-19 in the classroom and aren't sure traditional school districts can meet the challenge of remote or hybrid teaching models. (Victoria_Borodinova/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- As the nation grapples with returning kids to school during a pandemic, many Texas parents are switching to homeschooling or at least exploring the options. The faith-based Texas Home School Coalition reports an uptick in calls and emails from new families asking how to qualify fo

A 1% undercount of the population from the 2020 census could translate to a loss of $300 million in federal funding for Texas. (texascounts.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- From the Gulf Coast to the Panhandle to the Rio Grande, Texas census organizers are hosting a virtual road trip this week to increase the state's response rate. As of June 17, only 56% of Lone Star residents had completed their census questionnaires, making Texas 41st among the 50

A new report shows when it comes to protecting and providing for children, Texas has no counties that rank among the top U.S. 50 - and one county, Dimmit, in the bottom 50. (Bessi/Pixabay)<br />

AUSTIN, Texas -- Childhood is ending too soon for too many children in too many counties across the U.S, according to a new report from the group Save the Children. Its fourth annual report takes into account food insecurity, education, teen pregnancy, and early death due to ill health, accidents,

Without Medicaid expansion and other statewide policy changes, the number of Texans without health insurance could increase to 5 million people next year, according to analysis by the Episcopal Health Foundation. (ernestoeslava/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A new analysis shows Texas can prevent a looming health care crisis if the state expands Medicaid and steps up efforts to enroll the newly jobless in health plans through the Affordable Care Act. Since the pandemic hit, more than 1.2 million Texans have lost their health insurance

Texas has promised to test more than 230,000 residents and staff at the state's 1,224 licensed nursing homes by the end of May. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- It's estimated that about half of the people who have died from COVID-19 have been nursing home residents, and senior advocates want Texas to tackle the crisis at every level of government. AARP Texas state director Tina Tran said local and state officials, along with Texas legisla

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