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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


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.


2020Talks - September 18, 2020 


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

Public News Service - TX: Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Pol

Since the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, political donors in the top 10 majority-white ZIP codes for candidate and super PAC contributions gave a combined $1.85 billion, compared with $179 million in the top 10 majority-minority ZIP codes. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

DALLAS -- A decade after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United decision opened the floodgates for independent campaign contributions, grassroots groups in Texas and across the nation still are struggling to limit the influence of money in politics. Dave Jones, president of Clean Electi

A new study finds only three out of 100 instances of illegal air pollution in Texas result in the offender being fined by the state. (MarkWilson/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- While it may not pay to pollute in Texas, a new report finds it certainly doesn't cost very much. A joint study by Environment Texas and the Environmental Integrity Project said that between 2011 and 2016, Texas regulators imposed penalties on fewer than 3 percent of the illegal a

A new report documents the effects of a widening wealth gap in the United States and offers recommendations for limiting inequality. Credit: Revisorweb/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Patriotic Millionaires, a group that counts Warren Buffett, Bill Gates Sr., and chief executives of Fortune 500 companies among its ranks, has released a report exposing a growing wealth gap between the 400 richest Americans and the rest of the population. Chuck Collins, an heir to

Florida and Texas top the list for 2016 presidential race fundraising. Credit: Susan Sterner/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is number four in the nation for states where residents have contributed just over $7 million to 2016's crop of presidential candidates, according to a new report by Maplight, a nonpartisan group that follows money in politics. California tops the list, contributing clos

GOP effort would gut net neutrality rules. Credit: Sean MacEntee/Flickr Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas – More than 60 civil rights and public-interest groups sent a letter urging Congress to protect the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision to keep the Internet open. The coalition is protesting a rider, attached to a must-pass government funding package, that would t

PHOTO: The Internal Revenue Service (pictured) will not collect up to $600 billion from dozens of U.S. multinationals using tax havens, according to a new report. At the end of 2014, 304 Fortune 500 companies collectively held $2.15 trillion in countries like Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas. Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Congressional hearings in the past few years made headlines exposing how Apple and Microsoft moved money overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. But as a new report shows, these name-brand companies aren't alone. Matt Gardner, executive director with the Institute on Taxation and Pub

PHOTO: More than 50 advocacy groups have signed onto a letter in opposition to a plan by the City of McAllen to partner with a for-profit prison corporation for a new 1,000-bed facility. Photo credit: John S. Quarterman
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McALLEN, Texas - The city of McAllen is hosting a public forum this afternoon on its plan for a private jail, a project facing ever-growing opposition. Among those hoping McAllen will dump the plan is Ann Williams Cass, executive director of Proyecto Azteca. Cass said she believes it's morally wron

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Texas' 23rd congressional district is huge, sweeping 550 miles from San Antonio to El Paso. Also huge is tonight's debate between Republican incumbent Representative Quico Canseco (R-San Antonio) and Democratic challenger Pete Gallego (Alpine). It's receiving national attentio

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