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PNS Daily Newscast - October 28, 2020 


A technical error rejected your ballot? Take action. Plus, doctors sound off on harmful health impacts of tailpipe emissions.


2020Talks - October 28, 2020 


The window is closing to mail ballots in states like GA, MI and WI that require them to be received before Election Day. Experts recommend going in-person if possible.

Public News Service - TX: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

PHOTO: State lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow teen parents age 15 and over to get birth control without the consent of their parents or guardians. Photo credit: Parenting Patch/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Reproductive health advocates are urging state lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow teen parents age 15 and older to get birth control without the consent of their parents or guardians. The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony Wednesday in support of the bill from

PHOTO: Texas Rangers lined the stairwells and halls of the Capitol rotunda during this month's peaceful protests against HB2. Photo by Lauren Gerson.

AUSTIN, Texas - New abortion measures are set to begin this fall in Texas. However, those opposed are expected to mount a legal challenge before they go into effect, saying they would place an undue burden on women seeking services. Part of the law requires an abortion provider to have admitting pri

PHOTO: Opponents rallied at the State Capitol as abortion restrictions were turned back, only to be brought back to the forefront when Gov. Perry immediately called a second special session. Photo credit: Lauren Gerson.

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate is expected to take up abortion legislation today as the second special session continues. Gov. Perry has said he wants to make abortion in the state a thing of the past, but Dan Quinn, communications director, Texas Freedom Network, said the best way to do that is t

Texas cuts to family planning aid have been the “most radical” of any state – and may be a harbinger of things to come nationally  © Corbis.  All Rights Reserved.
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MCALLEN, Texas - Texas has cut funding to family-planning services more deeply than any other state, according to a new study. The three-year study by the University of Texas' Population Research Center is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. More than 60 clinics have closed so far, w

AUSTIN, Texas - With new signs that Texas is recovering from the recent recession faster than expected, social-services advocates are calling on lawmakers to reverse some of the more painful budget cuts implemented last year. But state leaders so far are showing few signs they will change course, wa

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has cut family-planning aid by two-thirds over the next two years - from $112 million to $38 million - and health clinics around the state already are feeling the pinch. They're reducing hours, laying off staff or closing their doors altogether. Sarah Wheat, in

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas ranks 35th among all states when it comes to the overall well-being of children, according to this year's national KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today. Texas has been in the bottom third for the past decade. The state also ranks ninth worst in terms of child poverty - a parti

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has the third-highest teen birth rate in the country, and the state holds the top spot in repeat teen births. Studies have shown that the public picks up a big portion of the tab for those pregnancies. A scientific consensus has emerged in the past few decades on what works -

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