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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2020 


COVID-19 reported to be on the rise in more than 30 states; and will Supreme Court nomination tilt U.S. Senate races?


2020Talks - September 21, 2020 


Biden pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump plans to announce his replacement nominee this week. Plus, early voting in four states.

Public News Service - TX: Civic Engagement

A U.S. district judge ruled last month that Texas is violating the federal National Voter Registration Act by not allowing residents to register to vote when they go online to update their driver's license information. (nationalcatholicreporter.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- It typically takes less than five minutes to register to vote, but the pandemic has made it harder to reach first-time voters. That's why MOVE Texas plans to call 100,000 unregistered voters as part of Tuesday's National Voter Registration Day. With door-to-door and public events

Latinos are among the youngest racial or ethnic group in the country, with a median age of 30, according to the Pew Research Center. (unidosus.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas group cultivating Latino voters under age 35 has ramped up its grassroots efforts to get them registered and out to vote in the November election. Antonio Arellano is interim executive director for Jolt, a group dedicated to increasing voter participation and defending demo

Election officials in Texas expect a record number of people to vote by mail this year, although not everyone is eligible to do so. (ParentRap/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Since the arrival of coronavirus, Texas and other states have struggled to figure out how to conduct elections both safely and securely. But one voting advocacy group says it doesn't need to be scary. In Texas there are strict rules about voting by mail, but last week Harris Count

AARP says any attempt to put Social Security in jeopardy will be met with fierce opposition from its 38 million members. (Ellen26/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- More than 3 million Texans rely on Social Security during retirement, and AARP is calling on people running for office to defend and protect its funding. AARP has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to outline a future funding plan. The letter follows the president

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from Texas Democrats to expedite a case concerning vote-by-mail access. Democrats argued that people shouldn't have to choose between their right to vote and their health during a pandemic. (pewtrusts.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas is one of several states hit hardest by COVID-19, and some faith communities are taking steps to make sure their vulnerable members can vote safely in November. Josh Houston, advocacy director for the group Texas Impact, said voting by mail is the best option for people age 6

Texas currently averages more than 60 dangerous heat days a year with 115 such days predicted by 2050. (NOAA)

HOUSTON - As climate change relentlessly drives up summer temperatures, the city of Houston and Harris County will learn their hottest spots next month with aid from local residents. A heat-mapping project is designed to help communities reshape themselves with the goal of cooling off urban enviro

On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to strike down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law. (Adobe stock)

AUSTIN, Texas -- In a surprising setback for abortion opponents, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law on Monday that would have restricted access to abortions in the state. The measure was nearly identical to one the court overturned in Texas in 2016. The ruling is a defeat for anti-abort

An advocacy group dedicated to protecting government whistleblowers says the firing of Inspector General Michael Atkinson by President Donald Trump without evidence that he acted improperly is a

AUSTIN, Texas -- A whistleblower protection group is urging Congress to exercise its oversight responsibility to stop the termination of a central figure in President Donald Trump's impeachment. On Friday, the president fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community.

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