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PNS Daily Newscast - July 21, 2017 


On our rundown today: the Russia probe expands to include an investigation into President Trump’s business transactions; the DREAM Act is back in Congress; and a scientific organization says the president’s nominee for a top science role at the USDA is unqualified.

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A controversial bill on the agenda of an upcoming special session of the Texas Legislature would restrict where transgender Texans can use the bathroom. (Davis/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of rights groups is blasting Texas leaders for making anti-LGBTQ bills a priority when lawmakers convene this week in a special session. In a conference call with the media, the groups urged the Legislature to work on funding the state's public schools or repairin

Calif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a ban on state employee travel to Texas, with Texas' new state law legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ families in adoptions. (Angerer/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- The predicted economic backlash against Texas has begun in protest of the state's new laws that allow discrimination in the name of religious freedom. Last week, California banned official travel to Texas by state employees in response to a Texas state law allowing foster care and

Immigrants have protested to keep DAPA in place, but Homeland Security officials rescinded the program last week. (Raedle/GettyImages)

DALLAS -- A decision by the Trump Administration last week is keeping hope alive for immigrants brought to Texas and the rest of the U.S. as children. But the news isn't as good for their parents. The Department of Homeland Security said it has rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of American

Opponents object that the Texas “show me your papers” law would allow police to question anyone they stop for traffic violations about their immigration status. (fstop123/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas - The ink was barely dry on Gov. Greg Abbott's signature on Senate Bill 4, the Texas Sanctuary Cities bill, when the battle over it moved from the state Capitol to the courts. Opponents such as the ACLU and MALDEF are preparing to file lawsuits against the so-called "show me your pape

People on death row in Texas spend up to 23 hours a day in solitary confinement. A new report calls that torture and a violation of human rights. (Solitary Watch)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Texas prison system's policy of housing all people on death row in solitary confinement is a form of torture and a violation of human rights, according to a new study. The report from the University of Texas School of Law, finds that the state houses a person awaiting execut

Some are concerned that Texas could lose major sporting events, similar to this year’s Super Bowl in Houston, if the controversial SB 6 bathroom bill becomes law. (wellesenterprises/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Public records show several businesses that publicly oppose Senate Bill 6, the so-called "bathroom bill" in the Texas Legislature, have contributed thousands of dollars to the bill's Republican sponsors. Alex Kotch, an independent investigative reporter for the website Rewire

A federal court recently ruled that Texas Congressional Districts 20, 23 and 27, as drawn in 2011, discriminate against minority voters and violate the Voting Rights Act. (Wikipedia)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A group of plaintiffs is asking a federal court to force Texas to redraw the state's current congressional district boundaries ahead of the November 2018 elections. The three-judge panel ruled March 10 that Republicans had drawn three of the state's congressional distric

A coalition of legal and civil-rights groups will continue a court fight against the Texas Voter ID Law, despite the Department of Justice dropping its support for the case. (Pietruzka/iStockphoto)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The U.S. Department of Justice, now under the Trump administration, has informed a federal judge that it will no longer support plaintiffs in their case challenging the Texas Voter ID Law. The plaintiffs, a coalition of legal and civil-rights groups, seek to prove that

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