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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - TX: Consumer

AUSTIN, Texas - The state House is expected to consider two 11th-hour bills today - and maybe a third bill Thursday - to regulate the short-term lending industry. Thanks to a regulatory loophole, short-term lenders love doing business in Texas. The industry reportedly earns 61 percent of its profit

AUSTIN, Texas - The House State Affairs Committee is expected to reauthorize the Public Utilities Commission this week, but a controversial amendment to the bill could hamstring Texas' consumer protection agencies, according to a Public Citizen report released today. The amendment is designed to sav

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - The state Senate is considering a measure to constrain "payday lending" practices. Texas leads the nation in businesses that offer short-term, unsecured loans, typically to low-income borrowers trying to make ends meet until the next paycheck. Lenders argue that the loans

AUSTIN, Texas - Environmentalists organized by the Texas Campaign for the Environment converge on the state Capitol today, trying to focus attention on the need to reduce disposable bags in the waste stream. "Plastic Bag Monsters" will also be roaming the grounds. Here's a preview of what those "mon

AUSTIN, Texas - A bundle of environmental initiatives is being promoted as a way to help Texas raise desperately needed revenues. As the state House debates a budget this week that proposes massive cuts to public education, Medicaid and social service programs, a coalition of environmental groups h

AUSTIN, Texas - A new study shows that information about the state's "computer take back" recycling law is hard to find - even when Texans look for it. A report from the Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund examined municipal websites, looking for information or links to information about the pr

AUSTIN, Texas - More than 3,000 Texans in the 65-plus set are set to make some noise at the Capitol today. They're rallying on the statehouse steps for "Senior Day," and will meet with legislators to try to gain support for aging-services and safety-net programs being targeted in budget cuts. Lue

AUSTIN, Texas - January is the busiest time of the year for electronics donations at Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, which is dedicated to reusing and recycling the gear to keep it out of landfills. Texas also has a "take-back" law, under which computer companies are supposed to help dispose o

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