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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2017 


The 27 year old suspect who attempted to bomb the New York subway reveals his motive; also on our rundown; a look at how the GOP tax plan targets the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate; plus - Tis the season, to get ready for tax season.

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Public News Service - TX: Budget Policy & Priorities

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 Children's Health Insura

Many scientists believe the heavy floods that accompanied Hurricane Harvey last summer were caused, in part, by climate change. (Platt/GettyImages)

HOUSTON - Municipal officials could be forced to deal with climate change sooner rather than later, or have their bond ratings downgraded. Moody's Investor Services, a bond rating agency, says one element of how it now will determine a city's credit rating in Texas and across the country will be t

Ponds near oil rigs store wastewater from the fracking process, which is disposed of by injecting it back into the well. Some scientists believe this can cause earthquakes. (GettyImages)

DALLAS – A new study is adding fuel to the debate over whether recent earthquakes in Texas are caused by oil and gas operations or natural geologic events. The study by Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey points to evidence that injecting wastewater into gas wells du

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

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

A new study examines the effects that a $5 billion funding cut had on Texas school districts and their students over a five-year period. (Raedle/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Funding cuts by state lawmakers left a five-year, $5 billion hole in the budget for Texas public schools between 2011 and 2016. A new University of Texas study analyzes the effect of those cuts, made because of state revenue shortfalls, which forced many districts to operate

The White House has severely cut the funding for community groups, often called Navigators, that help people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (Raedle/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – This week, the Affordable Care Act survived another repeal effort in Congress, but behind the scenes, the federal government is adding obstacles and making major cuts to its funding. The Department of Health and Human Services has slashed the ACA's advertising budget, and significa

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