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2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - TX: Poverty

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - The state Senate is considering a measure to constrain "payday lending" practices. Texas leads the nation in businesses that offer short-term, unsecured loans, typically to low-income borrowers trying to make ends meet until the next paycheck. Lenders argue that the loans

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers are considering measures today that would address a chronic shortfall in funding for state legal aid programs. Less than a quarter of those whose low incomes qualify them for legal aid are now able to access the help they need. Past legislatures have addressed the pro

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - Texas Hispanics are demanding their fair share of political power as the Legislature works on a new state map for apportioning representation. Population increases mean the new map will likely see four new Congressional districts, and Hispanic groups say they ought to be s

AUSTIN, Texas - Texans who want to start college this year are facing the possibility of big cuts to their financial aid packages as the state House begins debate this week on a budget that zeroes out "Texas Grants" to new students. Some families are banking on part of the aid being restored later

AUSTIN, Texas - A Senate Finance panel has recommended restoring $4.5 billion for various health and human services in the next state budget. Notably absent from the subcommittee's priority list is a program that provides drugs to low-income HIV/AIDS patients. One of two members who voted against

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The San Antonio Historic and Design Review Commission offered hope this month to West Side residents hoping to save "Casa Maldonado" from demolition. The well-worn, 90-year-old "Pink Building" - known for its faded rose-colored, wood-planked siding - has seen multiple incarnatio

HOUSTON, Texas - A series of rallies against sweeping Texas state budget cuts starts today in Houston. While Governor Rick Perry reversed himself last week on tapping the state's 9.4 billion dollar "rainy day" reserve - allowing a third of the fund to be used to ease this year's crunch - he insisted

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