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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - TX: Social Justice

Since the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, political donors in the top 10 majority-white ZIP codes for candidate and super PAC contributions gave a combined $1.85 billion, compared with $179 million in the top 10 majority-minority ZIP codes. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

DALLAS -- A decade after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United decision opened the floodgates for independent campaign contributions, grassroots groups in Texas and across the nation still are struggling to limit the influence of money in politics. Dave Jones, president of Clean Electi

According to the Pew Research Center, Texas was second only to California in the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. Since 2002, 88,300 refugees have resettled in the Lone Star State. (Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston)

HOUSTON -- Advocates for people seeking refuge in the U.S. are challenging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to reject new refugees. The move would bar refugees approved by federal agencies and vetted for security concerns. Ali Al Sudani, chief programs officer for Interfaith Ministries for Grea

Young children are more likely to be uninsured in states that, like Texas, have not expanded Medicaid to parents and other adults under the Affordable Care Act. (JCarter/Pexels)

AUSTIN, Texas - Children up to age 6 in Texas and across the nation continue to lose health coverage, according to a new Georgetown University report. Among 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured kids. Anne Dunkelberg, associ

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EL PASO, Texas – Volunteers who have been helping desperate migrants arriving in El Paso say they're frustrated to see those people now being forced to stay in Mexico. The Trump administration pressured the Mexican government to stop migrants before they can ask for asylum in the U.S. Teva

Longtime observers of the border say the current migration crisis has been artificially manipulated by starving the migrant processing system of the resources it needs. (Adobe Stock)

EL PASO, Texas — Close observers of the El Paso border accuse the Trump administration of manipulating migrant policy to create a crisis - with tragic results. Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network For Human Rights, has been close to the issue for 20 years. He said more p

Maria Covernali took part in a huge survey of attitudes about the region in Juarez and El Paso. (Dan Heyman)

EL PASO, Texas – People in El Paso and Juarez often regard their communities as one big city. But recent research, as covered in the local press confirms that the hardening of the U.S.-Mexico border is getting in the way of that. A recently released survey of citizen perception confirms de

A congressional investigation has found that nine migrant children younger than one year, and 18 younger than two years, have been forcibly separated from their families and held in detention. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Wikipedia)

EL PASO, Texas – Social workers and mental health professionals are trying to have the detention of migrant children away from their families treated as child abuse. Almost 6,000 people have signed a petition started by social workers to file a "report of suspected abuse and neglect of migra

More than 3 million children in Texas rely on Medicaid, and another 400,000 on CHIP, for health coverage. (U.S. Navy)

AUSTIN, Texas – After more than a decade of progress getting health coverage for more children in the U.S., a new report shows that nationally, more than 800,000 fewer children were enrolled in federal health programs at the end of 2018. Anne Dunkelberg, associate director at the Center for

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