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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


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

Texas receives billions of dollars under a federal program each year to reimburse hospitals for uncompensated care. But federal officials are looking to phase out that program. (iStockphoto)
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AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Legislature has thus far refused to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, but the state still receives billions of health-care dollars from the federal government. Federal officials just extended the state's Section 11-15 waiver, which reimburses hospi

One-fourth of Texas children, mainly blacks and Latinos, live in poverty, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. (ChristopherFutcher/iStock)

DALLAS - A new report shows that one-quarter of Texas' seven million children live in poverty, and that doesn't bode well for either their future, or the future of the state. The annual State of Texas Children 2016 report, released by the Center for Public Policy Priorities, evaluates the health, ed

U.S. immigration officials say they are taking a hands-off policy toward churches that provide sanctuary to refugees who could be deported. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - A church in Texas has given a Guatemalan refugee sanctuary and is hoping that more religious organizations will follow suit. Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas has taken in a woman who church officials will only call Hilda. She says she came to the U.S. to escape vio

The Texas Attorney General has formed a new unit to assist law-enforcement agencies with human-trafficking crimes. (southernfried/morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is putting some legal muscle behind current efforts to combat human trafficking in the state. The Texas Attorney General's office has formed a new unit tasked with reducing both labor and sex trafficking and prosecuting the perpetrators. Attorney General Ken Paxton says the

The number of uninsured Hispanic children dropped significantly, in Texas and across the country, during the first year of the Affordable Care Act. (iStock)
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AUSTIN, Texas - The rate of uninsured Hispanic children has fallen to an historic low during the first year of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report. The study by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza, shows Texas has also made

A campaign is urging the Postmaster General to establish low-cost financial services in the nation's 30,000 U.S. Post Offices. (USPS)

AUSTIN, Texas - Most people don't think of the U.S. Post Office as a place to cash a paycheck, but a coalition of national consumer, labor and civic organizations want to change that. The group recently delivered petitions with more than 150,000 signatures urging Postmaster General Megan Brennan t

Climate change is likely to have far-reaching impacts on livestock and crops throughout the world, according to a new report. Credit: USDA

AUSTIN, Texas - Climate change will have a big impact on food security across the globe, but will hit the poor and people living in tropical regions the hardest according to a new international study presented at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris. Claudia Tebaldi, a scientist for the

A new report documents the effects of a widening wealth gap in the United States and offers recommendations for limiting inequality. Credit: Revisorweb/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Patriotic Millionaires, a group that counts Warren Buffett, Bill Gates Sr., and chief executives of Fortune 500 companies among its ranks, has released a report exposing a growing wealth gap between the 400 richest Americans and the rest of the population. Chuck Collins, an heir to

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