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PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2021 


Biden executive orders address pollution and environmental justice; health professionals note a link between climate change and human health.


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The Senate moves forward with Trump's impeachment trial; scholars question the legality of impeachment after an official is out of office.

Public News Service - TX: Health

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

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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

Early voting in Texas kicked off Tuesday, which means many people can expect long lines around their polling places. (chayka1270/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- There's a lot at stake in next month's election, and Texas faith groups are making a push to get voters to the polls by urging them to make a "plan" to vote. Bee Moorhead, executive director of Texa Interfaith Center for Public Policy / Texas Impact, said she believes the group's

In Texas, 954,000 adults would be newly enrolled in Medicaid if lawmakers chose to expand it.  (texasmed.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- As states grapple with financial shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new study shows just how much Texas could benefit by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Study lead Laura Dague, associate professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at

One in four Texas women of childbearing age is uninsured, the highest rate in the nation, according to a 2019 report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. (ramosiquitos/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- When it comes to maternity care, many women are on their own during and after pregnancy due to increasing swaths of the country becoming areas with limited or no access to obstetrics care. Maternity-care deserts are much like food deserts; in this case counties with limited access,

Blacks and Hispanics in Texas, at a higher percentage than Whites, say the state government should address economic and living conditions as public health priorities. (gabrielberophs/Pixabay)

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HOUSTON - To stay healthy, we're told to regularly see a doctor, but a new survey in Texas shows Blacks and Hispanics more than Whites believe nonmedical factors are equally important. Brian Sasser, chief communications officer with the Episcopal Health Foundation, said the survey showed the "live

Election officials in Texas expect a record number of people to vote by mail this year, although not everyone is eligible to do so. (ParentRap/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Since the arrival of coronavirus, Texas and other states have struggled to figure out how to conduct elections both safely and securely. But one voting advocacy group says it doesn't need to be scary. In Texas there are strict rules about voting by mail, but last week Harris Count

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AUSTIN, Texas -- COVID-19 has created its own "storm surge" -- a surge in the number of people seeking mental-health treatment, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Texas. From March to April, NAMI Texas Executive Director Greg Hansch said they saw a 300% increase in calls from pe

Since the federal legislation that prevented evictions expired in July, they have resumed in many parts of Texas. (calmatters.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The nation's economy has contracted at historic rates since the outset of COVID-19, and the outbreak has significantly harmed the finances of U.S. Hispanics, causing many to fear eviction may be next. The unemployment rate for Hispanics rose sharply, according to new data from the

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