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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - TX: Gun Violence Prevention

The majority of people who commit violent acts don't have a diagnosable mental-health condition, but survivors face risks. (Pxhere)

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SANTA FE, Texas – As Santa Fe High School students head back into the classroom today, mental-health experts want them to know that help is available. Holly Doggett, the executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says students headed back into classro

Thousands of students, teachers and parents descended on the Florida State Capitol in protest after a former student with an assault rifle killed 17 students at a school in a shooting rampage. (Moore/GettyImages)<br />

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AUSTIN, Texas – After the recent deadly shootings at a Florida high school, gun advocates such as the National Rifle Association and others say arming teachers could avoid another massacre. However, with few exceptions, most teachers in Texas think that's a bad idea, and that it isn't their

A new report shows that children of color comprise 68 percent of the 7.3 million kids in Texas. (Arcurs/GettyImages)<br /><br />

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A new report on the "State of America's Children" shows that large numbers of kids living in Texas confront poverty, homelessness, hunger and violence in their daily lives. The report by the Children's Defense Fund found that in Texas, children face major challenges: 1-in-5 live in

A customer examines an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle recently in a gun store. (Frey/GettyImages)

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WACO, Texas – A new study on gun culture finds that a small, but influential group of Americans sees guns not as a problem, but as a way to solve a problem. The report, published in the journal Social Problems, analyzed gun owners in Texas and across the U.S. by factors such as sex, race, re

A memorial for 26 members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs killed in last Sunday's shooting is set in a field across from the church. (Olsen/GettyImages)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Another deadly mass shooting, this time in a south Texas town, has some state legislators seeking to recast the debate over gun violence as a public health issue. At a news conference by the group Texas Gun Sense, lawmakers and others said the killing of 26 people by a lone gunman

A fatal shooting in San Antonio is shining new light on the debate over whether law-enforcement officers should use body cameras. Credit: Avid Creative, Inc.

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SAN ANTONIO - A video released Monday by an ABC affiliate in San Antonio shows Bexar County Sheriff's Deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez fatally shooting Gilbert Flores. In the video, Flores stands still - and at a distance from the officers with his hands raised - the moment the deputies open

PHOTO: Public lighting can make a big difference for neighborhood health and safety, so efforts are underway to get street lights in the more than 1,200 colonias across the Rio Grande Valley that otherwise go dark at night. Photo courtesy La Union del Pueblo Entero.
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AUSTIN, Texas – As families across Texas gather to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, for thousands of moms in the Rio Grande Valley, the best gift would be a little light. In Cameron and Hidalgo counties, there are more than 200,000 people living in colonias, or unincorporated neighborhoods

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

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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

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