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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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A federal survey shows that Texas has reduced the number of homeless people needing shelter by 42 percent since 2007. (bodnarchuk/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Advocates for Texas' homeless population are celebrating a federal report showing a significant reduction in the number of Texans who are homeless over the past decade. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual count, homelessness in Texas dropped

Analysts say surprise medical bills from out-of-network doctors can sometimes turn a medical emergency into a financial catastrophe. (MinervaStudio/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Even though they may have health insurance, growing numbers of Texas consumers are getting unexpected bills from doctors not in the consumers' health care network. A public policy group told state legislators recently that consumers need more protection from surprise medical bills

The number of uninsured Hispanic children dropped significantly, in Texas and across the country, during the first year of the Affordable Care Act. (iStock)
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AUSTIN, Texas - The rate of uninsured Hispanic children has fallen to an historic low during the first year of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report. The study by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza, shows Texas has also made

Texas is one of the last remaining states in the nation to allow indefinite solitary confinement as punishment. (AlexRaths/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is one of only 10 states that allows juvenile justice centers to use solitary confinement indefinitely to punish children, according to a new report. The survey by the national law firm Lowenstein Sandler found 21 states now prohibit punitive isolation and 20 others impose ti

Texans who get unexpected medical bills after a visit to the hospital can now challenge those charges thanks to a new law on the books. Credit: AARP Texas
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AUSTIN, Texas - Patients who get "surprise medical bills" after a trip to the hospital now have recourse, thanks to a new Texas law passed in the last session. Trey Berndt, associate director for advocacy with AARP Texas, says people can get bills they weren't expecting, for example, when outsour

Reproductive health physicians say increases in exposure to toxic chemicals over the last four decades is threatening human reproduction and health. Credit: Tomas Sereda/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas - Dramatic increases in exposure to toxic chemicals over the last four decades is threatening human reproduction and health. That's according to a global federation of women's health physicians meeting in Vancouver, Canada this week. Tracey Woodruff is professor and director of the U

Texans urged to be prepared for hurricane season. Credit: NASA.

AUSTIN, Texas - With more than four months left in this year's hurricane season, the state Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that now is the time to review emergency plans. DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said it's important to make plans before a hurricane or tropical storm enters the Gulf.

PHOTO: The preterm birth rate in Texas continues to trend down, with seven straight years of declines to reach 12.3 percent as of 2013. Photo credit: César Rincón/Flickr.<br />

HOUSTON - The latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Texas continues to fall, but the progress is slow and that could hamper goals nationwide for healthier babies. As of last year, the U.S. premature birth rate had fallen to 11.4 percent. In Texas the rate was nearly a percent higher, says Dr

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