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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2021 


Pro-democracy groups in West Virginia urging support for the "For the People Act;" the debate rages on over Michigan's proposed trans sports ban.


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A House bill pushing states on permit-to-purchase handgun laws aims to cut gun violence; HUD Secretary announces nearly $5B in rental assistance; and record numbers of asylum seekers turned back from U.S. are seeking sanctuary in Mexico.

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When the coronavirus hit in March, more than 12 million of the 55 million American students sent home did not have home broadband access for online learning, according to the Brookings Institute. (geralt/Pixabay)
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AUSTIN, Texas -- The coronavirus pandemic has illustrated that every school needs 21st-century remote access to broadband, according to Connected Nation Texas. Jennifer Harris, the group's state program director, stressed that distance learning works when investments are made in home broadband, sc

Texas students are getting hands on, high-tech experience growing fresh produce inside converted shipping containers. (Freight Farms)

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texas schools are using refrigerated freight containers converted into hydroponic farms as an extension of the classroom. At IDEA charter schools, students learn how to grow leafy greens and other vegetables, and deliver their harvests directly to the school cafeteria. C

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)

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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

Ebel Grasslands Ranch sits on 525 acres of native grasses near Sulphur Springs, where it has been a family farm for more than 100 years. (Ebel Grasslands Ranch)

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SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas — While Senators were moving forward with the confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice, what wasn't moving on Capitol Hill was the Farm Bill that expired a week ago. While the legislation largely stalled over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the peo

Just two Texas-founded companies ranked

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STRATFORD, Texas — Shoppers can now choose between organic dairy products produced by large-scale factory operations and those produced by family farms. Mark Kastel, co-founder and senior farm policy analyst with the Cornucopia Institute, said there are now essentially two organic product li

Research shows that health outcomes for patients cared for by nurse practitioners are the same or better of that of a physician. (Twenty20)
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AUSTIN, Texas – There are more than 300 medically under-served communities in Texas that some groups say could be better served by a change in regulations. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, known as APRNs, are fully trained to treat and diagnose acute and chronic illnesses, and practice f

Poor reimbursement rates have forced 16 rural hospitals in Texas to close their doors since 2013. (highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

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AUSTIN, Texas – A new report warns that rural hospitals in Texas could be hit hardest under a Congressional plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It found that proposed funding cuts to the Medicaid program, which already is operating at a minimal level in Texas, could force man

Native Americans and environmental groups protest at the Houston headquarters of Energy Transfer Partners, the contractor building Dakota Access and other pipeline projects. (Grassroots Global Justice Alliance)

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HOUSTON – A coalition of environmental groups and Native American activists has taken protests over a controversial pipeline to the Houston offices of the company building the project. Dressed in traditional tribal garb, chanting and dancing to native drums, dozens gathered this week at the h

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