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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - TX: Budget Policy & Priorities

The Gulf Coast states include more than 17,000 miles of tidal shoreline. (fisheries.noaa.gov)

AUSTIN, Texas -- As another hurricane season approaches, many coastal communities could benefit from more natural infrastructure, or living shorelines. A new report says red tape can be an issue and states such as Texas could be doing more to change that. The National Wildlife Federation resear

Texas currently serves just 4% of the state's poorest families, one of the lowest rates in the country. (Libreshot)

AUSTIN, Texas - The Trump administration's proposed 2021 budget takes aim at a number of safety-net programs, including $21 billion in cuts to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF. Ife Floyd, senior policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says if it's approv

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

Nearly 12,000 species currently are at risk of becoming endangered or extinct across the country, including Texas sea turtles. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas — A bipartisan bill aimed at keeping wildlife populations healthy and off the endangered species list is set for markup by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee this week. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would allocate $1.3 billion to state wildlife agencies. And Jan

Texas has received more than $580 million in LWCF funding over the past five decades, protecting such places as Balcones Canyonlands, Big Thicket National Preserve, San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, and Padre Islands National Seashore. (USFWS)

AUSTIN, Texas – After winning permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, public lands advocates are pressing leaders in Congress to fully fund the program that taps offshore oil and gas royalties for conservation and recreation projects. A Senate committee is set to

The Dell Medical Center at UT-Austin will study an initiative to prove the value of non-medical care outside of traditional settings. (Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new initiative seeks to improve a patient's health without a visit to a doctor or a hospital. The Factor Health program at the University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School, funded by a $2.6 million grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation, aligns unconventional par

Before Medicare, nearly half of Americans age 65-plus had no insurance to cover hospitalization. (AdobeStock)

AUSTIN, Texas — It’s shopping time for the 2.5 million Texans who have Medicare coverage. Open enrollment for the program starts today and runs through December 7. It’s the one time of year beneficiaries can review their plan, and switch coverage if needed. State Director of AARP

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

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