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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: Civic Engagement

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.

Social distancing will prevent public celebrations for today's National Medal of Honor Day, which will instead include a silent

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With a health crisis requiring all of us to display endurance, it seems fitting that since 1990, March 25 has been set aside to honor people who've made extraordinary efforts to protect our nation. Today is National Medal of Honor Day, acknowledging those who have received the n

A 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed states to shutter polling places without federal approval resulted in the closure of almost 1,700 polling locations from 2012 to 2018, according to a report by The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. (beatexasvoter.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Long lines at Texas polling places on Tuesday are being blamed on too few voting machines and a higher turnout than expected. But some voting advocates say it's because Texas makes it hard to vote. Voters encountered hours-long waits at polling places in heavily Democratic Party

Since 1950, the decline of union membership has been followed by a dramatic rise in the share of income brought home by the top 10% of earners. (Liz West/Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas is tied with Virginia for the third-lowest union membership rate in the country at 4%, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Report author Jonathan Lewis says the drop in the number of workers protected by unions has resulted in significant

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

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