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PNS Daily Newscast - February 22, 2019 


North Carolina will hold a new election to fill the final disputed seat in the U.S. House. Also on our Friday rundown: Baltimore sues Monsanto and others for polluting city waterways. Plus, a public lands program moves towards permanent status.

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Public News Service - TX: Consumer Issues

In December, the Texas Municipal Power Association announced plans to shutter the Gibbons Creek coal-fired power plant indefinitely due to high operating costs. (Pmelton87/Wikimedia Commons)

GEORGETOWN, Texas – In 2018, Georgetown became the first city in Texas to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, and conservationists are pushing Austin, Bryan, Garland, San Antonio and other municipalities to join some 100 cities nationwide that have made commitments to tr

An AARP survey shows that many Texas families confuse freestanding emergency rooms with urgent care centers, and end up paying much higher bills. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas – Confusion by Texas consumers over freestanding emergency rooms has left many families with unexpected and unnecessary high medical bills. A new AARP survey of Texas freestanding ERs finds that, unlike urgent care clinics, many of freestanding ER billings are out-of-network fo

Many of the state's 5 million uninsured residents end up seeking care in hospital emergency rooms, where costs are much higher. (U.S.  Army)

HOUSTON – Unless Texas lawmakers make significant changes to health policies, the number of Texans without health insurance is projected to rise, according to a new report released by the Episcopal Health Foundation. Foundation spokesman Brian Sasser says the report paints a clearer picture

For 2018 insurance, 85 percent of Texans who signed up on Healthcare.gov received financial assistance to bring down the cost of their health plans. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas - To enroll for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Texans must sign up at Healthcare.gov by no later than this Saturday. Stacey Pogue, senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, said community organizations across the state have experts standing by

Unpaid caregivers often put their own needs on hold in order to look after a parent, spouse or friend. (truthseeker08/Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas – There are nearly 3.5 million caregivers in Texas whose invaluable contributions allow older relatives to age in place in their homes. And there's a call to better support these folks, during National Family Caregivers Month in November. Unpaid caregivers often put their own

Experts predict premiums will climb for older patients in states that introduce non-ACA-compliant plans. (AJ Kane/NACHC)

AUSTIN, Texas – Some health experts are warning that insurance rates could rise significantly for people in the individual market who are between 50 and 64, or have a pre-existing condition – once states start taking advantage of new flexibility granted this week by the Trump administrat

Cases of elder financial exploitation often go unreported. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas – Experts say almost every day, an older Texan is the victim of fraud, theft or another form of financial exploitation. And with the 65-plus population expected to double by 2030, it's a crime that could get much worse without action. Tim Morstad, associate state director for

Just two Texas-founded companies ranked

STRATFORD, Texas — Shoppers can now choose between organic dairy products produced by large-scale factory operations and those produced by family farms. Mark Kastel, co-founder and senior farm policy analyst with the Cornucopia Institute, said there are now essentially two organic product li

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