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PNS Weekend Newscast - June 25th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering.....Another Republican has come out against President Trump's healthcare bill, advocates across the country are speaking out about the new GOP plan for healthcare, and actor Johnny Depp is apologizing for joking around the President Donald Trump should be assassinated

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Public News Service - TX: Budget Policy & Priorities

The sponsor of a new sentencing guidelines bill says its purpose is to keep Texas jails from acting as ”debtor’s prisons.” (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – A measure passed by the Texas Legislature is designed to prevent people convicted of low-level crimes from being sent to jail when they can't afford a fine or fees. Senate Bill 1913 was approved by just five votes in the waning hours of the legislative session and awaits the

Texas lawmakers are considering tougher penalties for nursing homes that violate state health and safety regulations. (TerryVine/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Legislature could soon approve a bill to correct dangerous conditions in many of the state's 1,200 nursing homes. Senate Bill 932, designed to close loopholes in regulations and strengthen penalties for bad actors, is awaiting a House vote after being approved by th

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says Texas has the most Safe Drinking Water Act violations of any state in the U.S. (caristo/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Water systems in Texas have the nation's worst record for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, a new report says. Researchers for the Natural Resources Defense Council looked at Environmental Protection Agency data from 2015 and found almost 14,000 violations in more than 5,

Poor reimbursement rates have forced 16 rural hospitals in Texas to close their doors since 2013. (highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new report warns that rural hospitals in Texas could be hit hardest under a Congressional plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It found that proposed funding cuts to the Medicaid program, which already is operating at a minimal level in Texas, could force man

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

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

Hispanics are the fastest growing population in Texas and account for the largest percentage of the state's health disparity gap, according to a new study. (monkeybusiness/iStockphoto).

HOUSTON – The health disparity gap between whites and minorities is costing Texas more than $4.6 billion a year, according to a new report. The study by the Episcopal Health Foundation and the Methodist Healthcare ministries of South Texas, found that poorer health among Hispanic and black T

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