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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - TX: Family/Father Issues

AARP Texas is helping older people avoid becoming victims of financial abuse by family members or others close to them. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – Becoming older often means needing help from others, but sometimes that help can turn to harm when someone close steals from the elderly. October is Elder Financial Exploitation Awareness Month, and groups including AARP Texas say it's a growing problem that affects the financi

Analysts say surprise medical bills from out-of-network doctors can sometimes turn a medical emergency into a financial catastrophe. (MinervaStudio/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Even though they may have health insurance, growing numbers of Texas consumers are getting unexpected bills from doctors not in the consumers' health care network. A public policy group told state legislators recently that consumers need more protection from surprise medical bills

Immigration and civil rights groups are fighting a judge’s order for the release of personal information on thousands of undocumented immigrants. (AlexStar/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Immigration and civil rights groups are asking a federal appeals court to block a Texas judge's order to release personal information on thousands of undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the Justice Department to turn over personal data for about

A recent Texas Supreme Court ruling means school districts will have to wait until the 2017 legislative session for any changes to the state's school funding plan. (morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Teachers and other educators are raising concerns that a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling on the state's school funding system lets the Legislature off the hook for fixing it. The state's high court found the system to be flawed but constitutional, leaving no mandate for state law

New research shows thousands of mothers across the country have been acting as advocates for their children in forcing changes in the juvenile justice system. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - As thousands of youths enter the Texas juvenile-justice system each year, a new report says thousands of mothers will face the pain of separation because their child is behind bars. A new report, "Mothers at the Gate" from the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses how some family

The group Grassroots Leadership is working to keep undocumented migrants out of prison-like facilities while they await an immigration hearing. (ericsphoto/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas judge has granted an immigrant rights group, Grassroots Leadership, a temporary restraining order against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, blocking its plans to license two controversial, prison-like detention facilities as child-care centers. The group

One-fourth of Texas children, mainly blacks and Latinos, live in poverty, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. (ChristopherFutcher/iStock)

DALLAS - A new report shows that one-quarter of Texas' seven million children live in poverty, and that doesn't bode well for either their future, or the future of the state. The annual State of Texas Children 2016 report, released by the Center for Public Policy Priorities, evaluates the health, ed

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on a Texas case, reaffirming the “one person, one vote” rule in drawing legislative districts. (P_Wei/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has rejected a conservative challenge to the "one person, one vote" rule in how states draw their legislative districts. In Evenwel v. Abbott, a case that originated in Texas, the court ruled that districts must be drawn according t

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