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PNS Daily Newscast - April 8, 2020 


COVID-19 prompts a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, a push for postal banking, and for grocery workers to be treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 


Wisconsin held its primary yesterday in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Public News Service - TX: Civil Rights

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

One of the men on hunger strike gave this handwritten note to a visitor. (AVID)

EL PASO, Texas – Some hunger strikers in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention around El Paso are now in their third week of refusing food and most water. ICE is seeking court orders to allow force feeding. Three men from India are on hunger strike at ICE's Otero County center

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported earlier this week that it has been unable to locate the parents of more than 70 children separated along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas — The cost to taxpayers for detaining immigrant children has grown from $75 million a year in 2007 to almost $1 billion today, according to new analysis by the Associated Press. Tom Jawetz, vice president for immigration policy with the Center for American Progress, said many o

The Texas Pediatric Society has characterized the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents as

AUSTIN, Texas – Following widespread outrage over the forced separation of children from their parents arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally along the southern U.S. border, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the practice. Trump previously h

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A coalition of activists and attorneys is suing Texas and three other states over their "winner-take-all" system of allocating Electoral College votes. The goal is to overturn a practice that they claim disenfranchises any voter who does not cast his or her ballot for the

Security experts recommend that until electronic voting machines can be made safe, states should use paper ballots for all elections. (Angerer/GettyImages)

DALLAS – When you cast your vote March 6 in the Texas primary, how will you know if your ballot is secure? A new study warns that most states – and particularly Texas – have done very little since 2016 to ensure that no one can tamper with their election results. The study from

A federal office has been created to protect doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers who refuse to provide medical services based on their religious beliefs. (westend61/GettyImages)

HOUSTON – A Trump administration plan to protect healthcare workers who refuse to provide services on religious grounds is raising the concerns of civil rights advocates. A presidential order has authorized the creation of a "Conscience and Religious Freedom Division" of the Department of He

The Austin State Hospital was opened in 1857 as the Texas State Lunatic Asylum. It will be replaced with a new $235 million facility in 2019. (THHSC)

AUSTIN, Texas – After decades of neglect, Texas has begun a two-year, $300 million project to rebuild and renovate the state's antiquated psychiatric hospital system. In 2017, the Texas Legislature appropriated the funding to begin bringing the state's network of 10 facilities up to current

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