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PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2021 


On this Inauguration Day, civil-rights groups urge Congress to pass the "For the People Act;" Leader McConnell puts blame on Trump for riots at the U.S. Capitol.


2020Talks - January 20, 2021 


The nation honors lives lost to COVID; America's 46th President set to take office; and the Senate begins confirmation hearings for Biden's cabinet.

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New research estimates by 2030, the economic costs of health disparities in Texas could increase to $3.4 billion in excess medical spending, $6.1 billion in lost productivity and 551,000 lost life years valued at $28 billion. (commonealthfund.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- By now, health disparities between white Americans and minorities who contract COVID-19 are well documented, but the economic toll to a state such as Texas is just being realized. A new report from the Episcopal Health Foundation shows without Medicaid expansion, those costs could

In Texas, 20% of families report slight or no confidence in their ability to pay rent or mortgage on time due to the pandemic, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (RobinHiggins/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Congress has passed a new stimulus package that will provide most Texas residents with an extra $600 - but that may not go far for families struggling with food insecurity and pandemic-related mental-health issues. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Texas has the

Latino people make up about 40% of the Texas population but account for 53% of the COVID-19 deaths statewide, according to the Texas Department of State Health Resources. (aarp.org)
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AUSTIN, Texas -- COVID-19 has forced many families to make end-of-life decisions without clear direction from their loved ones, which is why Texans are being encouraged to set aside time for such discussions over the holidays. Maria Otero, national Latino outreach manager for Compassion & Choices,

One in 5 Texans say they are

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texans need the right messaging from trusted advisers if they're going to agree to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, according to a new survey by the Episcopal Health Foundation. The survey shows 37% of Texans say they're "very likely" to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it's availabl

COVID-19 has increased demand for emergency food, decreased food donation amounts, and forced disruptions to charitable food-assistance programs. (congerdesign/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Food insecurity doubled at the start of the pandemic, according to a study released earlier this year, and Texas groups that advocate for seniors say more must be done to find a permanent fix. Kathy Green, manager of outreach and advocacy for 'AARP Texas, said legislation to be con

Forty-three percent of Texas women live in counties with no abortion clinic, according to Pro-Choice America/Texas. (commondreams.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- New Mexico and Colorado are likely to become major destinations for Texas women seeking an abortion if the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 1973 Roe versus Wade decision. Aimee Arrambide, executive director for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas said women there al

A lack of zoning in places such as Houston often means the most vulnerable people are in the path of harmful pollution. (EDAF)
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AUSTIN, Texas -- When high pollution levels occur in a neighborhood, residents are likely to be Black or Latino families, and a new survey finds many white Americans are unaware of the disparity. Elise Nelson Leary, manager of campaigns and partnerships for the Environmental Defense Fund said the n

A survey on social determinants of health found that 48% of respondents indicated health literacy is one of the top five social issues that affect patient outcomes. (ElenaBuzmakova_Borisova/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The uninsured rate in Texas surged to 29% earlier this year - with nearly 1-in-3 Texans younger than 65 living without health insurance. That's the highest rate in the nation. Serena Bumpus, director of practice with the Texas Nurses Association, said research suggests many people

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