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PNS Daily Newscast - November 18, 2019 


President Trump invited to testify in person or in writing, says Pelosi; a battle over the worth of rooftop-solar electricity when it's sold back to the grid; the flu gets an early start; and the value of Texas family caregivers.

2020Talks - November 18, 2019 


Former Pres. Barack Obama cautioned Democrats to be more moderate, and incumbent Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wins over Trump-backed Republican opponent.

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Public News Service - TX: Family/Father Issues

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

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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

PHOTO: The Obama administration’s new “Deferred Action” program gives young undocumented immigrants temporary permission to live and work in the US.
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EL PASO, Texas – The Obama administration's new Deferred Action program gives young undocumented immigrants temporary permission to live and work in the United States, although fewer than 100,000 of the 1.5 million who qualify have applied for relief. One reason for the program's slower-than-e

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Texas' 23rd congressional district is huge, sweeping 550 miles from San Antonio to El Paso. Also huge is tonight's debate between Republican incumbent Representative Quico Canseco (R-San Antonio) and Democratic challenger Pete Gallego (Alpine). It's receiving national attentio

Kenney Arocha and his son, Adriel, who successfully argued in 2009 for a religious exemption from the Needville school district dress code because Adriel's braids were an expression of his Native American faith. Courtesy ACLU of Texas.
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HOUSTON - Twelve years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a landmark Texas religious-freedom case, a new report concludes that a surprising number of Texas school personnel continue to ignore long-settled law. The report by ACLU of Texas examines the current state of public school compliance wit

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas ranks third-worst nationally among states when it comes to the rate of households struggling against hunger, according to data released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new figures come just as national polling reveals broad support for maintaining "SNAP," t

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