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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - TX: Livable Wages/Working Families

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

AUSTIN, Texas - As Texas lawmakers struggle to balance the state's books by cutting public education, health and human services and other popular programs, a new study says there is a simpler and far less painful way to turn deficits into surpluses. The study released today suggests flipping the st

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 - The state House is expected to consider two 11th-hour bills today - and maybe a third bill Thursday - to regulate the short-term lending industry. Thanks to a regulatory loophole, short-term lenders love doing business in Texas. The industry reportedly earns 61 percent of its profit

AUSTIN, Texas - Although this is National Teacher Appreciation Week, not all Texas teachers are feeling the love. The Texas House is expected to take up a bill today that would give local school districts greater flexibility in hiring, firing and paying teachers, as well as setting class-size limits

AUSTIN, Texas – Sunday (May 1) is May Day; it is also International Labor Day. Workers and their advocates in Texas are marking the occasion with a 'mayday' cry - calling attention to the plight of the state's most vulnerable wage-earners. Brownsville attorney Kathryn Youker provides legal a

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - The state Senate is considering a measure to constrain "payday lending" practices. Texas leads the nation in businesses that offer short-term, unsecured loans, typically to low-income borrowers trying to make ends meet until the next paycheck. Lenders argue that the loans

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