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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2020 


University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and the work-from-home trend could be a boon for people with disabilities.

2020Talks - May 26, 2020 


Monday was Memorial Day. More than 100,000 people in the five major U.S. territories are military veterans, but can't vote for commander-in-chief. Plus, Puerto Rico has a statehood referendum this November.

Public News Service - TX: Civic Engagement

AUSTIN, Texas - This summer the Texas State Board of Education will choose from a list of proposals by publishers, recently made public, for classroom instructional materials for new science standards it adopted two years ago. Dan Quinn with the Texas Freedom Network, one of the groups examining t

HOUSTON - After a forensic psychologist was banned this month from making retardation evaluations in Texas courts, defense attorneys hoped to reopen past convictions that used his now-discredited testimony. But with courts extremely wary of revisiting any closed case, it may take legislative action

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers are considering measures today that would address a chronic shortfall in funding for state legal aid programs. Less than a quarter of those whose low incomes qualify them for legal aid are now able to access the help they need. Past legislatures have addressed the pro

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - Texas Hispanics are demanding their fair share of political power as the Legislature works on a new state map for apportioning representation. Population increases mean the new map will likely see four new Congressional districts, and Hispanic groups say they ought to be s

AUSTIN, Texas - Thousands of Texans are expected to converge on the state Capitol today, hoping to talk lawmakers out of plans to balance the state budget mostly with sweeping program cuts instead of new revenues. Organizers of the "Save Our State" rally say many Texans are under the mistaken impre

AUSTIN, Texas - The full House of Representatives starts debate on the next Texas state budget today (Friday) in Austin. As lawmakers wrestle over sweeping cuts to education, Medicaid, and various health and human services, the Capitol grounds will be buzzing with rallies, vigils, musical performanc

EL PASO, Texas - As Texas government was turning overwhelmingly Republican in recent years, many Hispanic voters were turning their backs on the GOP. Now Hispanic conservatives are questioning Republican initiatives seen as unfriendly to their constituencies. This has prompted the Republican Party o

HOUSTON, Texas - A series of rallies against sweeping Texas state budget cuts starts today in Houston. While Governor Rick Perry reversed himself last week on tapping the state's 9.4 billion dollar "rainy day" reserve - allowing a third of the fund to be used to ease this year's crunch - he insisted

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