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PNS Daily Newscast - September 19, 2017 


Hurricane Maria now a category five; another GOP attempt to end Obamacare; and the opening day of the U.N. General Assembly met with protests. Details on those stories and more.

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Public News Service - TX: Livable Wages/Working Families

The GulfCorps project plans to hire 300 new conservation workers to help restore portions of the Gulf Coast damaged by the 2010 BP oil spill. (Thayer/GettyImages)

GALVESTON, Texas -- Conservation groups announced that 300 new conservation jobs will be created in Texas and other Gulf Coast states with restoration funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The $7 million project, funded by fines from the incident, will repair and restore coastal area

Construction workers put the finishing touches on new townhouses in Dallas. The high cost of housing is making it difficult for low-income Texans to find an affordable home. (ScottOlson/Getty Images)

DALLAS – Despite a boom in home building in the state's largest cities, advocates say affordable housing for low and middle income Texans is getting harder to find. Studies show more than 2 million Texas households, mostly those who rent, spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing,

The University of Texas at El Paso in one of nine undergraduate campuses in the University of Texas System. (UT-El Paso)

AUSTIN, Texas - Graduates from University of Texas System schools, on average, do better in their careers than students with degrees from other colleges - not just in Texas but across the nation, according to a joint study out today from Georgetown University and the University of Texas. The study

A Texas lawmaker is seeking to stop schools from “lunch shaming” or stigmatizing students who cannot pay for their cafeteria meals. (monkeybusiness/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is joining New Mexico, California and other states in trying to prevent "lunch shaming" of children who can't pay for their food in a school cafeteria. Often, when a student's lunch account runs out of money, they're pulled out of line and given a cold sandwich or another

A visit to the doctor’s office could become too expensive for millions of Texans if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without an adequate plan to replace it. (bowdenimages/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Congress has set in motion what it says is a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But what could happen in Texas if the plan is only repealed? One study projects that ending Obamacare without immediately enacting an equivalent plan would result in 2.6 million T

Children’s advocates say all-day pre-kindergarten programs give Texas children a significant advantage when they begin school. (Children's Defense Fund-Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – Children's advocates are aiming to convince the Texas Legislature to fund all-day pre-kindergarten classes in the 2018-2019 budget and beyond. The Children's Defense Fund-Texas and others hold a roundtable discussion in Austin Friday, to share reasons to permanently fund what

A new study shows that African-Americans in Texas have made significant social and economic gains over the past half century. (spfoto/iStockphoto)

DALLAS – When it comes to racial progress by African-Americans, Texas ranks among the top states in the nation in a new survey. It shows that black Texans are both currently doing well and have made significant progress over the past half-century, according to a study by the marketing firm Wal

Planned Parenthood of Texas is fighting the State of Texas' plans to cut $4.2 million in Medicaid funding for its clinics in court. (jetcityimage/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Planned Parenthood Texas is back in court, challenging the State of Texas over a plan to remove its clinics from the state's Medicaid program. State health officials announced last month that women visiting Planned Parenthood locations for family planning care would no longer

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