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PNS Daily Newscast - May 17, 2019 


West Coast immigrants' rights groups pan President Trump’s new immigration proposal as “elitist.” Also on the Friday rundown: Consumer advocates want stronger energy-efficiency standards. And we'll take you to a state that ranks near the bottom for senior mental health.

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Public News Service - TX: Consumer

Will more transparency about drug pricing help drive down costs for Texas consumers, or add expenses for the drug companies that have to comply? (Gang/Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers are showing overwhelming support so far for legislation that AARP says would be one of the strongest drug-price transparency measures in the country. House Bill 2536 is in the hands of a Senate committee after passing the House without opposition. It calls for drug m

Reduced investments in public education are linked to low teacher pay, oversized classes, fewer school librarians, nurses and counselors, deferred building maintenance, and out-of-date textbooks. (Pxhere)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas teachers earned more than 22 percent less in weekly wages than similar college graduates in 2018, after accounting for education, experience and other factors, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report. Report co-author Sylvia Allegretto, an economist at the U

In San Antonio, workers must earn at least $20 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Residents of Fremont, Calif., must earn a six-figure salary to rent a median-priced one-bedroom apartment. (Park Van Ness/Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas – As more Texans have turned to renting in the decade following the housing crisis, rising rents are pushing low-income families away from safe neighborhoods and good schools, according to a new report from Apartment List. To afford a median-cost two-bedroom apartment in Houston

Community health centers generate $54.6 billion in total economic activity each year and employ more than 220,000 people across the country. (Queens University)

DENTON, Texas - Thousands of community health-center advocates, doctors, nurses, professionals and patients are headed to the nation's capital this week to urge their representatives to ensure long-term, stable funding. Doreen Rue, chief executive of the nonprofit Health Services of North Texas, sa

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

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