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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: Consumer

Without Medicaid expansion and other statewide policy changes, the number of Texans without health insurance could increase to 5 million people next year, according to analysis by the Episcopal Health Foundation. (ernestoeslava/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A new analysis shows Texas can prevent a looming health care crisis if the state expands Medicaid and steps up efforts to enroll the newly jobless in health plans through the Affordable Care Act. Since the pandemic hit, more than 1.2 million Texans have lost their health insurance

Texas has promised to test more than 230,000 residents and staff at the state's 1,224 licensed nursing homes by the end of May. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- It's estimated that about half of the people who have died from COVID-19 have been nursing home residents, and senior advocates want Texas to tackle the crisis at every level of government. AARP Texas state director Tina Tran said local and state officials, along with Texas legisla

The Gulf of Mexico historically has been the largest producer of oysters in the nation. (photo-graphe/Pixabay)

HOUSTON -- The Texas oyster industry has struggled in recent years because of overfishing, hurricanes and floods, but a new program could be a boon for consumers and the Gulf economy. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission votes Thursday to adopt rules that govern how people are allowed to grow o

Research shows children with health coverage are more likely to succeed in school, graduate from high school and attend college, earn higher wages, and grow to be healthy adults. (semeevent/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- The combination of COVID-19 job loss and employer-provided health insurance is hitting Texas families hard, but many are eligible for health coverage under Medicaid if they sign up and meet income eligibility guidelines. Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents and childre

Texas is home to nearly 5 million people without health insurance, but also is one of 17 states that has not expanded Medicaid. (Resprouk/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- If we didn't know before, we now realize how important personal protective equipment, or PPE, and respirators are to fighting a coronavirus pandemic. But awareness also has been raised that some groups in society are more susceptible than others. Brian Sasser, chief communicatio

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AUSTIN, Texas -- If you're having trouble getting your head around what part of the coronavirus pandemic we're in, a Texas public-health expert says it can be broken into five phases. Gerald Parker directs the Bush School's biosecurity and pandemic public policy program at Texas A&M. He said we've

The Gulf Coast states include more than 17,000 miles of tidal shoreline. (fisheries.noaa.gov)

AUSTIN, Texas -- As another hurricane season approaches, many coastal communities could benefit from more natural infrastructure, or living shorelines. A new report says red tape can be an issue and states such as Texas could be doing more to change that. The National Wildlife Federation resear

A new AARP Texas survey shows that 82% of residents support new measures that would help them solve the puzzle of saving for retirement. (qimono/Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Americans are living longer and working longer, but a new study shows the majority of Texans aren't socking away enough money for retirement, in part because their employers don't offer a plan for workers to save money. A survey of 500 small business owners conducted by AARP Texas

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