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PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2019 


Democrats call for investigation of spa owner who allegedly offered access to President Trump. Also on the Tuesday rundown: Prolonged repercussions expected from the “Bomb Cyclone.” Plus, navigating the stumbling blocks to Medicaid expansion.

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Public News Service - TX: Children's Issues

The Episcopal Health Foundation is funding programs that focus on healthy infant brain development. (AlissaOHanship/Twenty20)

HOUSTON — The Episcopal Health Foundation has awarded grants to 12 organizations across Texas for programs that focus on healthy infant brain development. The Houston-based group's $3.4 million investment is aimed at implementing proven practices for early-childhood brain development during pr

Three in four kids who lost health coverage in 2017 live in states, including Texas, that have not expanded Medicaid coverage. (USAF)

AUSTIN, Texas – For the first time in a decade, the number of uninsured children in the United States has gone up. According to a new Georgetown University report, the number of uninsured kids rose by more than 275,000 in 2017, and nearly 4 million children in the U.S. now lack coverage. Tex

Hurricane Harvey is tied with 2005's Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion in damage. (NASA)

GONZALES, Texas – On Saturday, one year after Hurricane Harvey rocked southeast Texas, a group of 200 volunteers will install a new kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground at a children's foster-care facility directly hit by the storm. Roxane Rucker, vice president for community impact with

A coalition of businesses, including construction firms, recently submitted a brief to a federal court in Houston claiming that ending DACA could result in a loss of $6 billion to Texas' annual GDP. (Max Pixel)

HOUSTON – Texas "Dreamers," young people brought into the U.S. when they were small children, are bracing for the next legal hurdle facing the Deferred Act for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. On Wednesday, a federal court in Houston will hear arguments by Texas and six other states seek

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported earlier this week that it has been unable to locate the parents of more than 70 children separated along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas — The cost to taxpayers for detaining immigrant children has grown from $75 million a year in 2007 to almost $1 billion today, according to new analysis by the Associated Press. Tom Jawetz, vice president for immigration policy with the Center for American Progress, said many o

A coalition of organizations is working to launch a large-scale Double Up Food Bucks program soon in Houston. (Pxhere)

LUBBOCK, Texas — One-in-four Texas children is food insecure, meaning he or she frequently doesn't know where the next meal will come from. But a program launched in Detroit to help more struggling families access healthy food is starting to take root in Texas. "Double Up Food Bucks" lets re

In Texas, 30 percent of kids younger than age 5 live in hard-to-count census tracts. These 582,000 children are at risk of being overlooked in the upcoming 2020 census. (AECF)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas ranks 43rd in child well-being – which makes it one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report ranks states for indicators of health, education, economic well-being and family and community.

The Texas Pediatric Society has characterized the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents as

AUSTIN, Texas – Following widespread outrage over the forced separation of children from their parents arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally along the southern U.S. border, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the practice. Trump previously h

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