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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - TX: Livable Wages/Working Families

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lost 1300 jobs overall in August. Some 8100 new private-sector jobs could not make up for the loss of 9400 government jobs, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.5 percent. The pattern is predictable, according to economists who don't believe the government should emphasize

AUSTIN, Texas - Today marks the third anniversary of Hurricane Ike, and many low-income Texans, particularly in the Houston area, have yet to recover from its devastation. Hundreds of affected residents plan to converge on City Hall today, carrying symbolic blue tarps and photos of unrepaired homes,

AUSTIN, Texas - A new toll-free hotline is providing low-income Texas veterans with free legal aid in civil cases. Today's returning veterans are more likely than the general population to face unemployment, homelessness and disabilities. While the Veterans Administration and Texas Veterans Commiss

HOUSTON - With approval of Congress by the American public at a dismal 13 percent, representatives are buffering themselves from angry constituents. The August recess is normally town-hall-meeting season, but a recent survey found only 44 percent of U.S. House members are hosting public events, thou

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas ranks 35th among all states when it comes to the overall well-being of children, according to this year's national KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today. Texas has been in the bottom third for the past decade. The state also ranks ninth worst in terms of child poverty - a parti

AUSTIN, Texas - Leave entitlement programs out of any deal to balance the federal budget. That's the takeaway from a recent Pew poll that finds 60 percent of Americans believe maintaining benefits at current levels is more important than reducing deficit spending. A similar majority says Medicare re

AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry is emerging as a possible top contender for the Republican Party's presidential nomination - partly because Texas has seen the largest job-growth figures in the nation since the recession. Some analysts, however, warn that statistics can be misleading. It's been dubb

AUSTIN, Texas - Availability of employer-based insurance coverage is significantly less in Texas than the national average, according to a study released this week. The report shows a big drop-off in the way most American families traditionally have gotten their health insurance - through their emp

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