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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - TX: Social Justice

On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to strike down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law. (Adobe stock)

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a surprising setback for abortion opponents, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law on Monday that would have restricted access to abortions in the state. The measure was nearly identical to one the court overturned in Texas in 2016. The ruling is a defeat for anti-abort

A 1% undercount of the population from the 2020 census could translate to a loss of $300 million in federal funding for Texas. (texascounts.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- From the Gulf Coast to the Panhandle to the Rio Grande, Texas census organizers are hosting a virtual road trip this week to increase the state's response rate. As of June 17, only 56% of Lone Star residents had completed their census questionnaires, making Texas 41st among the 50

An advocacy group dedicated to protecting government whistleblowers says the firing of Inspector General Michael Atkinson by President Donald Trump without evidence that he acted improperly is a

AUSTIN, Texas -- A whistleblower protection group is urging Congress to exercise its oversight responsibility to stop the termination of a central figure in President Donald Trump's impeachment. On Friday, the president fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community.

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)

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

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

The Department of Homeland Security says a

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

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