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PNS Daily Newscast - January 24, 2020 


The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues; and KY lawmakers press ahead on requiring photo IDs for voters.

2020Talks - January 24, 2020 


Businessman Tom Steyer and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the two billionaires in the Democratic primary, have spent far more than the rest of the Democratic hopefuls combined. But Steyer also uses grassroots tactics. What do other candidates and voters think about the influence of money in elections?

Public News Service - TX: Women's

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

PHOTO: A new study from AARP finds many older workers in Texas, especially women, have little saved as they approach retirement. Photo credit: Claudia A. De La Garza/Flickr.
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HOUSTON - Across the state of Texas, many workers dream of the day when they'll finally reach that age of retirement, but new research shows many of those getting closer to retirement are nowhere near ready financially. Cheryl Matheis, senior principal and counsel with AARP, says their new study fo

PHOTO: Public lighting can make a big difference for neighborhood health and safety, so efforts are underway to get street lights in the more than 1,200 colonias across the Rio Grande Valley that otherwise go dark at night. Photo courtesy La Union del Pueblo Entero.
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AUSTIN, Texas – As families across Texas gather to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, for thousands of moms in the Rio Grande Valley, the best gift would be a little light. In Cameron and Hidalgo counties, there are more than 200,000 people living in colonias, or unincorporated neighborhoods

PHOTO: It's estimated that about one in six adults in the U.S. drink

AUSTIN, Texas - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that at least 38 million Americans drink too much. According to Texas experts, the costs and dangers of binge drinking are especially acute for women. Dr. Jane Maxwell, senior research scientist, Schoo

PHOTO: A Monday court ruling means new Texas abortion restrictions that were to take effect today (10/29) will not. CREDIT: Ann Harkness
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AUSTIN, Texas – New restrictions on abortion that were to begin in Texas today are now on hold, after a judge's ruling on a challenge to the law. Rebecca Robertson, legal and policy director of the ACLU of Texas, said the judge determined that the requirement that abortion providers have adm

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