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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - TX: Youth

A U.S. district judge ruled last month that Texas is violating the federal National Voter Registration Act by not allowing residents to register to vote when they go online to update their driver's license information. (nationalcatholicreporter.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- It typically takes less than five minutes to register to vote, but the pandemic has made it harder to reach first-time voters. That's why MOVE Texas plans to call 100,000 unregistered voters as part of Tuesday's National Voter Registration Day. With door-to-door and public events

Latinos are among the youngest racial or ethnic group in the country, with a median age of 30, according to the Pew Research Center. (unidosus.org)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas group cultivating Latino voters under age 35 has ramped up its grassroots efforts to get them registered and out to vote in the November election. Antonio Arellano is interim executive director for Jolt, a group dedicated to increasing voter participation and defending demo

More than 150,000 undergraduate students in Texas are single mothers. (lyncconf.com/Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Student parents have some major considerations as the new school year begins. From closed childcare centers, to nationwide computer shortages and limited broadband access in some areas, the pandemic has exacerbated the challenges. Cristina Guajardo is a resident at the Jeremiah Pr

Every year, an estimated 218,000 young people are admitted to detention facilities nationwide, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (gabrielberophs/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Arrests that land young people in the Texas juvenile-justice system have dropped since the coronavirus pandemic began, mirroring a national trend, according to a new analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Alycia Castillo is a youth-justice policy analyst for the Texas Criminal

A new report shows when it comes to protecting and providing for children, Texas has no counties that rank among the top U.S. 50 - and one county, Dimmit, in the bottom 50. (Bessi/Pixabay)<br />

AUSTIN, Texas -- Childhood is ending too soon for too many children in too many counties across the U.S, according to a new report from the group Save the Children. Its fourth annual report takes into account food insecurity, education, teen pregnancy, and early death due to ill health, accidents,

For every 5% increase in the state's unemployment rate, an additional 725 Texans could die each year by suicide and drug overdose, according to a new study by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. (Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Home isolation due to COVID19 is causing some people to suffer anxiety and panic attacks -- both of which can lead to substance abuse. That's why a narcotics expert says if you have teens, this is the time to stay vigilant about drug use. With most people homebound due to the pa

Research shows children with health coverage are more likely to succeed in school, graduate from high school and attend college, earn higher wages, and grow to be healthy adults. (semeevent/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- The combination of COVID-19 job loss and employer-provided health insurance is hitting Texas families hard, but many are eligible for health coverage under Medicaid if they sign up and meet income eligibility guidelines. Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents and childre

Experts say brain-building can decrease the chances of a child developing serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression later in life. (antonioguillem/AdobeStock)

HOUSTON -- Research shows that early brain development gives young Texans a better chance in life. But the programs addressing that are not reaching enough children. The Episcopal Health Foundation has awarded $3.5 million in grants to implement timely, science-based practices for brain building

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