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PNS Daily Newscast - January 24, 2020 


The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues; and KY lawmakers press ahead on requiring photo IDs for voters.

2020Talks - January 24, 2020 


Businessman Tom Steyer and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the two billionaires in the Democratic primary, have spent far more than the rest of the Democratic hopefuls combined. But Steyer also uses grassroots tactics. What do other candidates and voters think about the influence of money in elections?

Public News Service - TX: Family/Father Issues

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

PHOTO: Protestors at Zuzhi Restaurant Bar in McAllen claim owners owe wages to former employees (7/11/2012). Photo credit: Fuerza del Valle Workers Center
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McALLEN, Texas - Whether documented or undocumented, immigrant workers are a significant factor in the Texas economy, and they are protected by state and federal labor laws. This Labor Day marks a renewed push by worker advocates to educate immigrant workers about their rights and to reverse longsta

HOUSTON - Gov. Perry has said he'll oppose expanded Medicaid in Texas, but the next legislature will also have a say. Meanwhile, a growing chorus of social service advocates, health care providers and local officials are making it clear: They want to tap the billions of new federal dollars that woul

GRAPHIC: Caravan for Peace post card.

AUSTIN, Texas - A coast-to-coast caravan of Mexican drug-war survivors is traveling through Texas this week, trying to raise awareness of how U.S. policies affect their home country. More than 110 relatives of victims of drug-cartel-related violence are also pointing out ways in which the U.S. is af

GRAPHIC: Young undocumented immigrants in Texas now have an online clearinghouse for weighing the potential risks and benefits of applying for the new Department of Homeland  Security’s “deferred action” program.
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AUSTIN, Texas - The federal program allowing certain young, undocumented immigrants to apply for temporary legal status just rolled out last week, but it's already generating excitement - and uncertainty - in Texas immigrant communities. Because "deferred-action status" is brand new, applicants are

GRAPIC: Criminal Justice Coalition logo

AUSTIN, Texas – Recent improvements to the long-troubled juvenile justice system in Texas are already in jeopardy, if a just-released survey of officials in 73 county youth probation departments is any indication. The state's newly created Juvenile Justice Department has emphasized community-

AUSTIN, Texas - With new signs that Texas is recovering from the recent recession faster than expected, social-services advocates are calling on lawmakers to reverse some of the more painful budget cuts implemented last year. But state leaders so far are showing few signs they will change course, wa

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