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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

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

HOUSTON - The number of homeless Texas families has risen by 16 percent compared with the previous year, according to a new report. Ths nationwide study, issued by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, also cites a significant jump in the number of Texas families "doubling up," by moving in wi

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