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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.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


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: Housing/Homelessness

Texas currently serves just 4% of the state's poorest families, one of the lowest rates in the country. (Libreshot)

AUSTIN, Texas - The Trump administration's proposed 2021 budget takes aim at a number of safety-net programs, including $21 billion in cuts to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF. Ife Floyd, senior policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says if it's approv

In San Antonio, workers must earn at least $20 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Residents of Fremont, Calif., must earn a six-figure salary to rent a median-priced one-bedroom apartment. (Park Van Ness/Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas – As more Texans have turned to renting in the decade following the housing crisis, rising rents are pushing low-income families away from safe neighborhoods and good schools, according to a new report from Apartment List. To afford a median-cost two-bedroom apartment in Houston

Community health centers generate $54.6 billion in total economic activity each year and employ more than 220,000 people across the country. (Queens University)

DENTON, Texas - Thousands of community health-center advocates, doctors, nurses, professionals and patients are headed to the nation's capital this week to urge their representatives to ensure long-term, stable funding. Doreen Rue, chief executive of the nonprofit Health Services of North Texas, sa

In Texas, 30 percent of kids younger than age 5 live in hard-to-count census tracts. These 582,000 children are at risk of being overlooked in the upcoming 2020 census. (AECF)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 43rd in child well-being – which makes it one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report ranks states for indicators of health, education, economic well-being and family and community.

A new report shows that children of color comprise 68 percent of the 7.3 million kids in Texas. (Arcurs/GettyImages)<br /><br />

AUSTIN, Texas -- A new report on the "State of America's Children" shows that large numbers of kids living in Texas confront poverty, homelessness, hunger and violence in their daily lives. The report by the Children's Defense Fund found that in Texas, children face major challenges: 1-in-5 live in

Construction workers put the finishing touches on new townhouses in Dallas. The high cost of housing is making it difficult for low-income Texans to find an affordable home. (ScottOlson/Getty Images)

DALLAS – Despite a boom in home building in the state's largest cities, advocates say affordable housing for low and middle income Texans is getting harder to find. Studies show more than 2 million Texas households, mostly those who rent, spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing,

A federal survey shows that Texas has reduced the number of homeless people needing shelter by 42 percent since 2007. (bodnarchuk/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Advocates for Texas' homeless population are celebrating a federal report showing a significant reduction in the number of Texans who are homeless over the past decade. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual count, homelessness in Texas dropped

The group Grassroots Leadership is working to keep undocumented migrants out of prison-like facilities while they await an immigration hearing. (ericsphoto/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas judge has granted an immigrant rights group, Grassroots Leadership, a temporary restraining order against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, blocking its plans to license two controversial, prison-like detention facilities as child-care centers. The group

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