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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

PHOTO: The Texas Supreme Court is making an appeal for more state support for veterans and their need for legal help with VA pensions and benefits, employment, housing and family issues. Photo credit: Patrick Feller/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas – They have put their lives on the line for the freedoms in this country, and among those pushing Texas to make sure the promises made to veterans are kept are the most powerful judges in the state. For many service members, the move back into civilian life can present barriers

PHOTO: Attorneys across Texas are being recognized for providing about $500 million worth of legal services to low-income residents each year. Photo credit: Stuart Seeger/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - This is National Pro Bono Week, and while it will soon come to a close, the dramatic need for affordable legal services in Texas is a real struggle that continues each and every day. Attorney Harry Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, says with around five-mil

PHOTO: The poverty rate in the state is down, while the median household income is up, but it's little to celebrate with the movement minimal and 4.5 million Texans still living below the poverty line. Photo credit: Charles Henry/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Latest figures show the poverty rate has dropped in Texas, although the change is minimal and in some parts of the state, the financial struggles for families are much more widespread. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the statewide poverty rate has dipped to 17.5 percent, although it'

PHOTO: As many as 1 in 4 uninsured individuals eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace nationwide are Latino. Photo credit: Eden Pictures
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AUSTIN, Texas - With a major deadline looming for all to have health care coverage or face possible penalties, the race is on to enroll the uninsured. Special focus is on the Latino population. Nationwide, 32 percent of Latinos are uninsured, compared to 16 percent of non-Latinos. In Texas, an estim

PHOTO: It's estimated that about one in six adults in the U.S. drink

AUSTIN, Texas - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that at least 38 million Americans drink too much. According to Texas experts, the costs and dangers of binge drinking are especially acute for women. Dr. Jane Maxwell, senior research scientist, Schoo

PHOTO: Last fall the Texas Supreme Court approved simple legal forms to be used for those uncontested divorces that do not involve children or real property. Now, the forms have been revised to give low-income couples more flexibility on dividing retirement funds. CREDIT: John Michaelson

AUSTIN, Texas - Texans who are eligible to handle their own divorces through some simple forms now have new options if retirement accounts are involved. According to Trish McAllister, executive director of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the original do-it-yourself legal forms had each per

Photo: Senator Dan Patrick, courtesy Dan Patrick.

AUSTIN, Texas – Public-education advocates are crying foul over a tax-credit provision in a Texas school-reform package proposed this week by the incoming head of the Senate Education Committee. They say it's a backdoor attempt to introduce school vouchers to the state. Past voucher plans ha

PHOTO: Research increasingly points to the harmful consequences of giving juvenile criminal offenders adult punishments.

AUSTIN, Texas –Several recent national and Texas studies warn that "tough on crime" attitudes are behind the times – and the science – when it comes to dealing with juveniles. Treating them as adults can traumatize them and harms their rehabilitation chances, according to Ian Kyse

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