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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

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New research estimates by 2030, the economic costs of health disparities in Texas could increase to $3.4 billion in excess medical spending, $6.1 billion in lost productivity and 551,000 lost life years valued at $28 billion. (commonealthfund.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- By now, health disparities between white Americans and minorities who contract COVID-19 are well documented, but the economic toll to a state such as Texas is just being realized. A new report from the Episcopal Health Foundation shows without Medicaid expansion, those costs could

COVID-19 has increased demand for emergency food, decreased food donation amounts, and forced disruptions to charitable food-assistance programs. (congerdesign/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Food insecurity doubled at the start of the pandemic, according to a study released earlier this year, and Texas groups that advocate for seniors say more must be done to find a permanent fix. Kathy Green, manager of outreach and advocacy for 'AARP Texas, said legislation to be con

A lack of zoning in places such as Houston often means the most vulnerable people are in the path of harmful pollution. (EDAF)
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AUSTIN, Texas -- When high pollution levels occur in a neighborhood, residents are likely to be Black or Latino families, and a new survey finds many white Americans are unaware of the disparity. Elise Nelson Leary, manager of campaigns and partnerships for the Environmental Defense Fund said the n

Mortality rates are down, but cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in U.S. children ages 1-19. (unitypoint.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Cancer is the leading cause of death among children, despite advances in treatment. David Levine, cofounder and president of the American Sustainable Business Council, leads an effort to encourage policymakers to address the environmental causes of childhood cancers. He said elect

In Texas, 954,000 adults would be newly enrolled in Medicaid if lawmakers chose to expand it.  (texasmed.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- As states grapple with financial shortfalls due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new study shows just how much Texas could benefit by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Study lead Laura Dague, associate professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at

Since the federal legislation that prevented evictions expired in July, they have resumed in many parts of Texas. (calmatters.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The nation's economy has contracted at historic rates since the outset of COVID-19, and the outbreak has significantly harmed the finances of U.S. Hispanics, causing many to fear eviction may be next. The unemployment rate for Hispanics rose sharply, according to new data from the

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 />

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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,

Texas is home to nearly 5 million people without health insurance, but also is one of 17 states that has not expanded Medicaid. (Resprouk/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- If we didn't know before, we now realize how important personal protective equipment, or PPE, and respirators are to fighting a coronavirus pandemic. But awareness also has been raised that some groups in society are more susceptible than others. Brian Sasser, chief communicatio

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