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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


2020Talks - August 13, 2020 


Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - TX: Toxics

OKLAHOMA CITY - Controversial gas-extraction practices could become a little less so in Texas today, as new mandatory disclosure rules take effect. The industry's reluctance to reveal the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing - or "fracking" - have fueled public concern about the possible environm

HOUSTON - The so-called "Green School" movement is helping more Texas children discover a love of science, technology, engineering and math - thanks, in part, to a combination of federal, state and local initiatives. National Wildlife Federation science education specialist Jennifer Hammonds, who w

AUSTIN, Texas - As many as 1.5 million U-S jobs - 68,000 in Texas - could be created in the next two decades by boosting the nation's recycling efforts, according to a new report from a coalition of environmental and labor groups. One of the obstacles to a "greener" economy is that waste companies

SAN ANGELO, Texas - Natural gas is an important, temporary ingredient in the nation's evolving energy diet, according to a new report which warns against rushing forward with controversial extraction practices - such as hydraulic fracturing now common in Texas shale deposits - without sensible resea

HOUSTON - Walmart stores in Houston, Dallas and Austin, as well as in six other states, got some early trick-or-treaters this weekend. Instead of asking for candy, though, these environmental activists wanted Walmart to recycle electronic waste. Decked out as zombie TV sets and other high-tech gho

AUSTIN, Texas - One of the bills Gov. Perry signed into law over the weekend allows Texas to make an end run around the 2007 Energy Independence Act, which phases out the sale of inefficient light bulbs by 2014. The new law says Texans can continue to buy whatever bulbs they want - as long as they'r

AUSTIN, Texas - Twenty states have laws providing for the recycling of old televisions, which reduces the amount of electronic waste in landfills. After a state House vote on Thursday, it appears Texas will join the club. The bill, which already has passed in the Senate, would require TV manufactur

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