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PNS Daily Newscast - May 24, 2018 


Jared Kushner finally granted his security clearance. Also on our nationwide rundown: a new lawsuit seeks the release of a gay man from ICE Detention in Pennsylvania; and protecting an Arizona water source for millions near Phoenix.

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Public News Service - TX: Civil Rights

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

Texas will be the first state to hold a primary in the 2018 midterm elections, and voters will have to navigate a new Voter ID law that took effect on Jan. 1. (JohnMoore/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – When Texans head to the polls March 6 for the first primary of the 2018 midterm elections, they'll face a new Voter ID law. That law, which went into effect Jan. 1, keeps the same list of permissible forms of identification, but allows Texans without a photo ID to vote if the

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week means Texas voters must use the Congressional district boundaries drawn up the Republican legislators in 2012. (Raedle/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A U.S. Supreme Court decision has put a temporary hold on two lower-court rulings ordering Texas to draw new Congressional districts by the 2018 elections. In a 5-4 decision, the court stayed rulings that found that the Texas Legislature had violated the federal Voting Rights Act

AUSTIN, Texas – Immigration advocates say they are overjoyed that a federal judge has blocked the Texas "sanctuary cities" bill from going into effect but have much more work to do. A federal district judge in San Antonio issued a preliminary injunction this week, halting the controversial m

Women are finding equality in some areas of military service, but overall in Texas and the U.S., research indicates they are losing ground. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – Saturday is Women's Equality Day, but many women in Texas say they're losing ground instead of making gains – and new statistics back them up. A survey out this week ranks Texas the third-worst state in the country for equal status between men and women. Lucy Stein, a

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