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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side-by-side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A Senate committee looks at the latest attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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A coalition of organizations is working to launch a large-scale Double Up Food Bucks program soon in Houston. (Pxhere)

LUBBOCK, Texas — One-in-four Texas children is food insecure, meaning he or she frequently doesn't know where the next meal will come from. But a program launched in Detroit to help more struggling families access healthy food is starting to take root in Texas. "Double Up Food Bucks" lets re

In Texas, 30 percent of kids younger than age 5 live in hard-to-count census tracts. These 582,000 children are at risk of being overlooked in the upcoming 2020 census. (AECF)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 43rd in child well-being – which makes it one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report ranks states for indicators of health, education, economic well-being and family and community.

The average Texas public school teacher makes about $6,000 a year less than the national average, but state law prohibits educators from going on strike for better pay and benefits. (mashjaja/Twenty20)

AUSTIN, Texas — Statistics out this week show that teachers' salaries in Texas now rank among the bottom third of all 50 states. Although teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona have walked out or are preparing to walk out of the classroom in protest, the more than 350,000 public sch

A new report shows a connection between local government investment in public services such as libraries. housing or parks and improved health outcomes in the community. (Pixabay)<br /><br />

HOUSTON - Can building a library improve the health of the people who use it? Information in a new study shows that investments in those kind of social services can bring communities a significant "health dividend." The report finds that when local governments in Texas increase spending for public

The Texas Horned Lizard, also called a

AUSTIN, Texas – A new report warns that as many as one-third of America's wildlife species are in crisis but says with funding, their recovery is possible. The report finds that more than 150 U.S. species have already gone extinct and 500 more haven't been seen in decades and could be extinc

Congress must approve a new budget by Thursday to keep the federal government open. One of many items at stake is funding for Community Health Centers that serve people who are low-income or uninsured. (C-SPAN)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – More than 1 million uninsured Texans are in limbo, waiting for Congress to approve funding for the neighborhood clinics known as Community Health Centers. Lawmakers face a Thursday deadline to approve a new budget to avoid another federal government shutdown. The Feder

A federal office has been created to protect doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers who refuse to provide medical services based on their religious beliefs. (westend61/GettyImages)

HOUSTON – A Trump administration plan to protect healthcare workers who refuse to provide services on religious grounds is raising the concerns of civil rights advocates. A presidential order has authorized the creation of a "Conscience and Religious Freedom Division" of the Department of He

A new report shows that children of color comprise 68 percent of the 7.3 million kids in Texas. (Arcurs/GettyImages)<br /><br />

AUSTIN, Texas -- A new report on the "State of America's Children" shows that large numbers of kids living in Texas confront poverty, homelessness, hunger and violence in their daily lives. The report by the Children's Defense Fund found that in Texas, children face major challenges: 1-in-5 live in

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