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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - TX: Health Issues

About 400,000 children in Texas could lose health coverage if Congress fails to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (PeopleImages/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – Almost 9 million families – 400,000 in Texas alone – are anxiously waiting to hear if their children will have health insurance in 2018 and beyond. Congress has passed a two-week, stop-gap budget to avoid a government shutdown, but again failed to fund the Childre

A customer examines an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle recently in a gun store. (Frey/GettyImages)

WACO, Texas – A new study on gun culture finds that a small, but influential group of Americans sees guns not as a problem, but as a way to solve a problem. The report, published in the journal Social Problems, analyzed gun owners in Texas and across the U.S. by factors such as sex, race, re

The Episcopal Health Foundation will focus grants and other programs on early brain development of children during pregnancy and in the first three years of life. (Tardif/GettyImages)

HOUSTON – The Episcopal Health Foundation is shifting its focus to a five-year "big picture" plan that targets specific outcomes needed to address the root causes of poor health in Texas. The Foundation, which serves about 11 million people in a 57-county region of southeast Texas, aims to l

The CARE Act is designed to assist people who are caregivers to an ill or elderly family member. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new state law went into effect this year to help Texans care for loved ones who are ill or have a disability, but advocates say more should be done to help family caregivers. Statistics show if the family members who assist ill or aging relatives were replaced by paid caregiv

The Texas Legislature passed a measure in 2011 stripping federal Medicaid funds from clinics providing women's health services, including family planning. (Wikipedia Commons)

HOUSTON, Texas — A major public health journal says publicly funded family-planning programs are under attack, and Texas lawmakers are leading the charge. The American Journal of Public Health, in an editorial in its October edition, said it is alarmed by the number of legislative assaults o

Many Texas children with disabilities and developmental delays have lost access to critical therapy due to budget cuts in the state's Early Childhood Intervention program. (KidStock/GettyImages)

TYLER, Texas – Funding cuts are forcing thousands of Texas children with disabilities and developmental delays to lose access to critical therapy. The Texas Legislature first cut funding several years ago to the state's Early Childhood Intervention program, also called ECI, forcing a signifi

The latest Oil and Gas Threat Map identifies schools and child-care facilities located near oil and gas production operations. (Pixabay)

SAN ANTONIO - As the Environmental Protection Agency backs away from limiting toxic emissions from oil and gas wells, Texas environmental groups are stepping up calls to limit the pollution. Earthworks and Moms Clean Air Force have released an updated version of their interactive Oil and Gas Threat

As the federal government pulls money out of the Affordable Care Act, its advocates and volunteers are helping to publicize the program and assist people with enrollments. (Raedle/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – As the Trump administration moves to weaken the Affordable Care Act, advocacy groups in Texas and across the country are taking over the federal government's role in helping people get health coverage. A coalition known as "Cover Texas Now" is stepping in to publicize the upcom

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