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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - TX: Poverty

A new AARP Texas survey shows that 82% of residents support new measures that would help them solve the puzzle of saving for retirement. (qimono/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Americans are living longer and working longer, but a new study shows the majority of Texans aren't socking away enough money for retirement, in part because their employers don't offer a plan for workers to save money. A survey of 500 small business owners conducted by AARP Texas

Texas currently serves just 4% of the state's poorest families, one of the lowest rates in the country. (Libreshot)

AUSTIN, Texas - The Trump administration's proposed 2021 budget takes aim at a number of safety-net programs, including $21 billion in cuts to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF. Ife Floyd, senior policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says if it's approv

Exposure to benzene, a carcinogen released at oil and gas refineries, can cause vomiting, headaches, anemia, increased risk of cancer and death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Patrick Hendry/Wikimedia Commons)

HOUSTON, Texas -- Ten U.S. oil refineries, including six in Texas, have released levels of cancer-causing benzene into nearby communities above Environmental Protection Agency limits requiring companies to take action to reduce pollution. An Environmental Integrity Project study used data from air

Young children are more likely to be uninsured in states that, like Texas, have not expanded Medicaid to parents and other adults under the Affordable Care Act. (JCarter/Pexels)

AUSTIN, Texas - Children up to age 6 in Texas and across the nation continue to lose health coverage, according to a new Georgetown University report. Among 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured kids. Anne Dunkelberg, associ

A new study shows such factors as race, housing, transportation and food availability all can have profound effects on the life expectancy in a neighborhood. (Soryn/Adobe Stock)

HOUSTON – Where you live in Texas can be a determining factor in how long you live, according to new research. The map, developed by the Episcopal Health Foundation, analyzed census tracts to reveal significant differences in life expectancy in neighborhoods sometimes only a few miles apart.

Nearly a third of patients at Texas community health centers are children. (Pixabay)

UVALDE, Texas - Families are invited to come out to Uvalde High School this Friday to meet Superman and Princess Leia, and get free immunizations, school supplies, backpacks and more. The Wellness Fair Carnival is part of a series of events across the nation celebrating National Health Center Week

A new survey from the Episcopal Health Foundation finds 60% of Texas say health care is their biggest household expense. (AdobeStock)

HOUSTON — More than half of all Texans say they struggle on a daily basis to afford health care, according to a new survey. The findings come from the 2019 Texas Health Policy Survey from the Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation. Brian Sasser, chief communications officer with the foun

More than 1.5 million Texas children live in poverty, despite the state's booming economy. (AdobeStock)

AUSTIN, Texas – Compared with other states, Texas remains in the bottom 10 for the well-being of its children, according to a new report. The annual Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses 16 indicators to rank states in four areas: health, education, economic well-being,

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