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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - TX: Poverty

A federal survey shows that Texas has reduced the number of homeless people needing shelter by 42 percent since 2007. (bodnarchuk/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Advocates for Texas' homeless population are celebrating a federal report showing a significant reduction in the number of Texans who are homeless over the past decade. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual count, homelessness in Texas dropped

The Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project provides legal services to low-income Texas veterans and their families. (br-photo/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – There seems to be no shortage of challenges to overcome for those who have served in the U.S. military, but when the problem involves a legal issue, help is available for veterans in Texas. The Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project serves low-income veterans, stepping in to

AARP Texas is helping older people avoid becoming victims of financial abuse by family members or others close to them. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – Becoming older often means needing help from others, but sometimes that help can turn to harm when someone close steals from the elderly. October is Elder Financial Exploitation Awareness Month, and groups including AARP Texas say it's a growing problem that affects the financi

A new USDA report says 1 in 6 Texas families struggles with food insecurity at some point during the year. (USDA photo)

AUSTIN, Texas – While the state's economy has improved in recent years, a new report says 1 in 6 Texas households still struggles to avoid hunger. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show more than 15 percent of households in the state experienced food insecurity in 2015, mean

A new report shows that more young adults, sometimes called

HOUSTON – More young adults in Texas have health insurance, according to a new study by Rice University, which also finds that fewer Hispanics and low-income adults have coverage. The report says the number of young adults in Texas without health insurance has dropped by 35 percent since the

The nonprofit group Feeding Texas says too few low-income children are taking advantage of the state’s summer meals program. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas nonprofit organization that fights hunger is concerned that too few children have access to the state's daily summer food program. While food insecurity is on the rise in Texas, a recent report indicates that the number of children participating in the program has decreased

According to a new study, there have been benefits for state economies and health-care systems in the states that have chosen to expand their Medicaid programs. (iStockphoto)
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AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has the most uninsured people in the country, but state officials have rejected an almost cost-free expansion of the federal Medicaid program. As many as 1 million Texans fall into the coverage gap, where they don't qualify for Medicaid but can't afford health coverage through

Texas public health officials say the aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary carrier of the Zika virus, which could reach Texas as soon as June or July. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Zika virus is on its way to Texas this summer, and officials say it could have a devastating effect on impoverished communities in coastal and border cities. Public health officials told state lawmakers this week that Zika cases contracted through the aedes aegypti mosqui

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