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A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


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Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - TX: Women's

Only 13 percent of American women have access to paid maternity leave. Credit: SolStock.

AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. is dramatically behind the rest of the world in providing adequate support for mothers to spend time with their newborn babies, according to an investigative report by In These Times magazine. Sharon Lerner, the report's author, found most other countries, rich or poor, ma

Single mothers and women of color stand to benefit the most from the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime eligibility rules. Credit: michaeljung.

AUSTIN, Texas - Single mothers and women of color stand to gain the most from the Obama administration's new overtime rules. That's the conclusion of a new study by MomsRising and the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The new rules would raise the threshold for overtime eligibility to workers

Several videos purport to show Planned Parenthood discussing fetal tissue donation. Credit: Hourick/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - A move in the U.S. Senate to cut more than $500 million in federal funding from Planned Parenthood fell short Monday. But top Republican leaders including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas say they'll eventually get the job done. Texas stripped state funding for Planned Parenthood two years ag

U.S. Supreme Court delays new Texas law that would reduce clinics providing abortion services. Credit: Night Owl/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – Women's health advocates in Texas are breathing a collective sigh of relief, after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to delay a new law that would have closed all but nine of the clinics in Texas that perform abortion services. House Bill 2, passed in 2013, forces clini

PHOTO: Two new reports measuring how women fare across the nation show that Texas fails women in work and family policies and women's political leadership. Photo credit: CrazyLegsKC/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas got its report card on women's status in key areas compared with men, and the grades aren't good. Two new reports, the last of a seven-part series published by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, showed that Texas and the nation fall short on work and family policies fo

The Cover Texas Now coalition says 1 million Texans don't have access to affordable coverage because they don't get insurance through employers, and they don't make enough money to qualify for financial assistance. Photo credit: Gedvali/Wikimedia Commons.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Cover Texas Now, a coalition of consumer and faith-based organizations, brought 350 citizen advocates to the state Capitol recently to urge lawmakers to find a way to insure people that have fallen into a health-care coverage gap. Leah Harbordt, a volunteer with the Holy Family Birt

PHOTO: The preterm birth rate in Texas continues to trend down, with seven straight years of declines to reach 12.3 percent as of 2013. Photo credit: César Rincón/Flickr.<br />

HOUSTON - The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Texas continues to fall, but the progress is slow and that could hamper goals nationwide for healthier babies. As of last year, the U.S. premature birth rate had fallen to 11.4 percent. In Texas the rate was nearly a percent higher, says Dr

PHOTO: Texas has a record 14 million people registered to vote this year, and efforts at getting them to the polls with the proper I.D. continue with the election now just one week away. Photo credit: Matt Turner/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - With the midterm election one week away, Texans are being urged to get out and vote - but they are also being reminded they will need appropriate identification in the wake of the state's new voter I.D. law. After numerous twists and turns in the legal battle over the need for a pho

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