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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - TX: Family/Father Issues

AUSTIN, Texas - At first glance, the latest federal figures on U.S. child maltreatment generally are encouraging - but not in Texas, where the number of official reports of abuse and neglect increased somewhat from 2008 to 2010, the last year tracked by the Department of Health and Human Services.

AUSTIN, Texas - A dark side to the holiday season is the rising number of sexual assaults. A new program offers free, confidential legal assistance to Texas victims. Only about 18 percent report attacks, so the vast majority of victims don't receive help from the criminal justice system, according t

SAN ANTONIO - The legal battle against Texas' school-funding system is heating up. On Tuesday, a coalition of parents and non-wealthy school districts filed suit in a Travis County district court, claiming state education aid is inadequate and unfairly distributed. Previous lawsuits have challenged

DALLAS - A new coalition of education, civil-rights and faith-based activists says many Texas schools are behind the curve when it comes to disciplinary policies. Recent studies have shown that a heavy reliance on expulsions and suspensions tends to be counter-productive. Still, most districts leave

AUSTIN, Texas - A non-scientific survey of more than 3,000 school employees across Texas seems to reveal a significant, system-wide decline in morale following this year's state budget cuts, according to Linda Bridges. She is the president of Texas AFT, the union that conducted the online survey. "

AUSTIN, Texas - Despite a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy meant to drastically reduce the number of non-criminals targeted for deportation, more and more children are being placed in foster care when their undocumented parents are detained - especially in Texas. A just-released

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has cut family-planning aid by two-thirds over the next two years - from $112 million to $38 million - and health clinics around the state already are feeling the pinch. They're reducing hours, laying off staff or closing their doors altogether. Sarah Wheat, in

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - There's a growing labor crisis in Texas schools, as districts respond to sweeping reductions in state education aid. From Corpus to Dallas, many districts have chosen to lay off some of their lowest wage earners, such as custodians and cafeteria workers. In Dripping Springs, t

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