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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - TX: Women's

Advocates say DNA testing of evidence in rape kits is the key to identifying suspects in sexual assault cases. (GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas — With the passage of a bill establishing a tracking system for evidence in sexual-assault cases, Texas has become the first state to implement comprehensive rape-kit reforms. There are an estimated 20,000 or more untested rape kits sitting in evidence lockers around the state,

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs one of dozens of bills passed by the Texas Legislature this session. Opponents already have begun filing legal challenges to many of them. (TexasGovermentOnline)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature passed some of the nation's most conservative laws during the current session, but political analysts say the real battle may just be getting started. The session is scheduled to end this weekend, but when the gavel comes down, oppo

A Guttmacher Institute study finds many of the anti-abortion laws passed by the Texas Legislature aren't based on medical or scientific evidence. (MattArcher/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas leads the nation in the number of anti-abortion laws on the books that contradict scientific and medical evidence, according to a new study. The state is tied for first place among the 50 states in the Guttmacher Institute report for the number of abortion regulations t

Opponents of a bill to license ICE family detention centers in Dilley and Karnes City as child-care facilities contend it would further traumatize children being held there. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

AUSTIN, Texas - A bill in the Texas Legislature aims to overturn previous court rulings barring state officials from licensing federal detention centers as child-care providers. A coalition of groups is opposing House Bill 2225 and a companion Senate bill, which would allow federal Immigration and

Some are concerned that Texas could lose major sporting events, similar to this year’s Super Bowl in Houston, if the controversial SB 6 bathroom bill becomes law. (wellesenterprises/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Public records show several businesses that publicly oppose Senate Bill 6, the so-called "bathroom bill" in the Texas Legislature, have contributed thousands of dollars to the bill's Republican sponsors. Alex Kotch, an independent investigative reporter for the website Rewire

A new report shows that almost 17 percent of all women and girls in Texas live in poverty. (monkeybusiness/iStockphoto)

DALLAS – About 17 percent of all women and girls in Texas live in poverty, according to a new report. The Dallas Women's Foundation has issued a report titled "Economic Issues for Women in Texas" that shows women still make less money than men, struggle to raise their families and continue to

Pro-choice protesters make their opinions known at a rally in front of the Texas state Capitol. (vichinterlang/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of justice and reproductive rights groups aims to organize into a cohesive political movement the hundreds of thousands of Texans who protested at rallies last month. The groups have formed a campaign called Trust. Respect. Access. to pursue a reproductive health,

Planned Parenthood of Texas is fighting the State of Texas' plans to cut $4.2 million in Medicaid funding for its clinics in court. (jetcityimage/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Planned Parenthood Texas is back in court, challenging the State of Texas over a plan to remove its clinics from the state's Medicaid program. State health officials announced last month that women visiting Planned Parenthood locations for family planning care would no longer

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