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PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2021 


Biden executive orders address pollution and environmental justice; health professionals note a link between climate change and human health.


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The Senate moves forward with Trump's impeachment trial; scholars question the legality of impeachment after an official is out of office.

Public News Service - TX: Civic Engagement

In Texas, at least 66% of the 17 million registered voters cast ballots in the 2020 general election. That's 6.6 percentage points higher than total turnout in 2016. (12019/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas - In the days leading up to the November 3 election, political pundits saw signs the historically red state of Texas might vote for Joe Biden. That didn't happen, but Democrats say they're optimistic about a turnaround in 2024. While Democrats gained ground in some cities and suburbs

Texas is one of only five states that rejected widespread mail-in voting this year, even as deaths from COVID-19 approach 20,000 in the state. (aclutx.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A federal judge on Monday rejected an eleventh-hour effort to invalidate about 127,000 Houston votes cast at drive-through polling centers established because of the pandemic. GOP activists objected to expanded voting access in Harris County, a crucial Texas battleground where a re

If the current rate continues, the United States will experience the highest percentage of eligible voter turnout since 1909. (AYoungoldsoul/facingsouth.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Citizens of Texas are going to the polls in numbers that make it clear they want to vote, and a new tool allows them to track their ballot after it's cast. VoteAmerica has launched TXBallot.org, which allows Texas voters to find their ballots with either their voter ID number or th

Early voting in Texas kicked off Tuesday, which means many people can expect long lines around their polling places. (chayka1270/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- There's a lot at stake in next month's election, and Texas faith groups are making a push to get voters to the polls by urging them to make a "plan" to vote. Bee Moorhead, executive director of Texa Interfaith Center for Public Policy / Texas Impact, said she believes the group's

Early voting for the Nov. 3 general election is scheduled to start on Oct. 13 in Texas, but a lawsuit is pending. (paulbr75/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The head of the Texas League of Women Voters does not think a last-minute directive to limit ballot dropboxes will stop residents from voting on Nov. 3. Two separate federal lawsuits have been filed to overturn an executive order issued last Thursday by Gov. Greg Abbott that restri

Early voting in Texas, which will last three weeks instead of the usual two due to the pandemic, begins Oct. 13 and ends Oct. 30. (movetexas.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A record number of Texans are registered to vote in the November election, but the state needs more poll workers if everyone is going to safely cast their ballots on Election Day. Many older retirees who normally volunteer to staff polling places will take a break this year out of

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)

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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)

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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

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