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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2020 


The Biden inauguration speech seen as a potential launching point for a resilient democracy; an increase in mental distress noted in Virginia.


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Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MKL and prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation introduced in Congress could expand access to voting and reduce partisan gerrymandering.

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Only 24% of Texas high school seniors completed federal financial aid forms to attend college by the November deadline - a nearly 15% decline from the same time last year. (utsystem.edu)
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AUSTIN, Texas - A new initiative to turn around the college enrollment decline in Texas due to fallout from COVID-19 was announced yesterday. 'Future Focused Texas' is a collaborative effort to maintain the state's college enrollment rates despite the effects of the health crisis. Texas Commissi

In Texas, at least 66% of the 17 million registered voters cast ballots in the 2020 general election. That's 6.6 percentage points higher than total turnout in 2016. (12019/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas - In the days leading up to the November 3 election, political pundits saw signs the historically red state of Texas might vote for Joe Biden. That didn't happen, but Democrats say they're optimistic about a turnaround in 2024. While Democrats gained ground in some cities and suburbs

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

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

The gap in equitable access to affordable postsecondary education across race and income levels is expected to worsen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study by the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and Lumina Foundation. (bls.gov)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, college students were derailed from graduating due to the high cost of housing, food and transportation. Now, a new study shows unexpected expenses often challenge older students to enroll and stay enrolled. Older students, defined as those ages

A new AARP Texas survey shows that 82% of residents support new measures that would help them solve the puzzle of saving for retirement. (qimono/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Americans are living longer and working longer, but a new study shows the majority of Texans aren't socking away enough money for retirement, in part because their employers don't offer a plan for workers to save money. A survey of 500 small business owners conducted by AARP Texas

Since 1950, the decline of union membership has been followed by a dramatic rise in the share of income brought home by the top 10% of earners. (Liz West/Flickr)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas is tied with Virginia for the third-lowest union membership rate in the country at 4%, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Report author Jonathan Lewis says the drop in the number of workers protected by unions has resulted in significant

In 2010, around 25 million people lived in Texas, an increase of more than 4 million since the decade prior, according to U.S. Census data. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Nearly 100 days are left before the 2020 Census count begins, and advocates for Texans over age 50 say this massive undertaking is an opportunity for people looking for short-term work. Tina Tran, state director of AARP Texas, says her organization is helping older residents who w

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