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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.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


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

An Episcopal Health Foundation poll found that a majority of Texans want government to take a hand in making the health-care system work. (Pixabay)

HOUSTON – An overwhelming majority of Texans believe that state government needs to take a major role in making the health-care system work well. According to recent polling by the Episcopal Health Foundation, at least eight of 10 Texans want the government to play a significant role in a fu

Community health centers generate $54.6 billion in total economic activity each year and employ more than 220,000 people across the country. (Queens University)

DENTON, Texas - Thousands of community health-center advocates, doctors, nurses, professionals and patients are headed to the nation's capital this week to urge their representatives to ensure long-term, stable funding. Doreen Rue, chief executive of the nonprofit Health Services of North Texas, sa

Mercury pollution in the United States has declined by 80 percent since 2012. The neurotoxic heavy metal has been shown to disrupt fetal brain development. (PDTillman/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mothers from 15 states including Texas traveled to the nation's capital this week to testify against moves by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which set limits on mercury and other toxic pollution from coal-fired power

President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border would pass through several wildlife conservation hotspots, including Texas' Big Bend and the Lower Rio Grande Valley on the Gulf Coast. (Yinan Chen/Wikimedia Commons)

MCALLEN, Texas – As President Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to promote his proposed wall, wildlife conservationists are sounding the alarm. Paul Sanchez-Navarro, senior Texas representative of the conservation group Defenders of Wildlife, says millions of dollars invest

In December, the Texas Municipal Power Association announced plans to shutter the Gibbons Creek coal-fired power plant indefinitely due to high operating costs. (Pmelton87/Wikimedia Commons)

GEORGETOWN, Texas – In 2018, Georgetown became the first city in Texas to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, and conservationists are pushing Austin, Bryan, Garland, San Antonio and other municipalities to join some 100 cities nationwide that have made commitments to tr

Many of the state's 5 million uninsured residents end up seeking care in hospital emergency rooms, where costs are much higher. (U.S.  Army)

HOUSTON – Unless Texas lawmakers make significant changes to health policies, the number of Texans without health insurance is projected to rise, according to a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Foundation spokesman Brian Sasser says the report paints a clearer picture

Biologists are concerned that a wall constructed along the U.S.-Mexico border could disrupt migration routes for wildlife, including bighorn sheep that populate Big Bend National Park. (National Park Service)

EL PASO, Texas - As Congress pushes back a funding deadline to avoid a government shutdown, conservation groups are urging representatives to reject any spending bill that includes funding for a border wall. Sergio Avila, a wildlife biologist with The Sierra Club, said he believes the $22 billion p

A record number of Texans are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 election. (DodgertonSkillhause/Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas — The midterm election is about a week away, and Texans who want to avoid the polls on November 6 have just five days to vote early. On Election Day, voters can only cast a ballot at their assigned precinct. However, they can cast a ballot at any early-voting location in their

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