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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - TX: Health

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 - Charitable giving is on the rise, but it's still far from pre-recession levels. While some see government budget shortfalls as opportunities to de-emphasize government spending, others believe government, the private sector, foundations and nonprofit organizations all have unique rol

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has the third-highest teen birth rate in the country, and the state holds the top spot in repeat teen births. Studies have shown that the public picks up a big portion of the tab for those pregnancies. A scientific consensus has emerged in the past few decades on what works -

AUSTIN, Texas - Attempts to allow private contractors to set up shop in Texas's billion-dollar prison health care system are expected to continue today. A measure defeated in a House committee is popping up again on the House floor. An amendment by Rep. Mark Shelton (R-Fort Worth) would open the doo

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers are considering measures today that would address a chronic shortfall in funding for state legal aid programs. Less than a quarter of those whose low incomes qualify them for legal aid are now able to access the help they need. Past legislatures have addressed the pro

AUSTIN, Texas - Many Texas seniors will be hit hard if the state Senate Finance Committee can't find a way this week to restore funding to long-term care programs. Under the budget already passed by the House, seniors now getting in-home care could be forced into nursing homes, says Trey Berndt, AA

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

AUSTIN, Texas - The full House of Representatives starts debate on the next Texas state budget today (Friday) in Austin. As lawmakers wrestle over sweeping cuts to education, Medicaid, and various health and human services, the Capitol grounds will be buzzing with rallies, vigils, musical performanc

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