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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side by side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: a Senate committee looks to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - TX: Consumer Issues

A coalition of organizations is working to launch a large-scale Double Up Food Bucks program soon in Houston. (Pxhere)

LUBBOCK, Texas — One-in-four Texas children is food insecure, meaning he or she frequently doesn't know where the next meal will come from. But a program launched in Detroit to help more struggling families access healthy food is starting to take root in Texas. "Double Up Food Bucks" lets re

Research shows that health outcomes for patients cared for by nurse practitioners are the same or better of that of a physician. (Twenty20)

AUSTIN, Texas – There are more than 300 medically under-served communities in Texas that some groups say could be better served by a change in regulations. Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, known as APRNs, are fully trained to treat and diagnose acute and chronic illnesses, and practice f

The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program is available at hundreds of sites across Texas to help low- and moderate-income people prepare income-tax returns. (Logorko/GettyImages)

FORT WORTH, Texas – If you haven't filed your income-tax return yet and need some help, don't worry – free, qualified assistance is available near you. The AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide Program offers no-cost services to low- and moderate-income Texans at hundreds of locations for help in

Congress must approve a new budget by Thursday to keep the federal government open. One of many items at stake is funding for Community Health Centers that serve people who are low-income or uninsured. (C-SPAN)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – More than 1 million uninsured Texans are in limbo, waiting for Congress to approve funding for the neighborhood clinics known as Community Health Centers. Lawmakers face a Thursday deadline to approve a new budget to avoid another federal government shutdown. The Feder

The Texas Supreme Court will decide later this year whether Texas cities can legally ban grocery stores and other retailers from offering single-use plastic bags. (Sullivan/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas — A decades-old dispute between Texas cities and state officials over plastic grocery bags has finally made its way to the state Supreme Court. At least 10 Texas cities, including Austin, Brownsville and Lardeo, have passed ordinances outlawing single-use plastic bags in grocer

While Texas has consistently refused to expand Medicaid, the state has received an extension of a Medicaid-based program that helps cover health-care costs for lower-income residents. (Klimek/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Health care providers in Texas are getting a $25 billion shot in the arm with the five-year extension of a Medicaid program by the federal government. The plan, known as an 1115 Demonstration Waiver is considered a low-cost alternative to traditional Medicaid. It provides h

A volunteer assists a mother and daughter in signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. (Raedle/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – With the help of a coalition of consumer and faith-based groups, 1.1 million Texans have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2018. The Cover Texas Now coalition stepped in after the Trump administration eliminated most of the funds for signup assi

The Texas Regional Haze Plan is designed to protect the air quality in Guadalupe Mountains National Park and other areas of Texas from coal-fired power plant emissions. (Button/GettyImages)

EL PASO, Texas – A coalition of conservation groups is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court over changes to the Texas Regional Haze Plan. The suit maintains that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt violated the agency's own regulations by replacing the plan with a new agreement tha

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