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PNS Daily Newscast - November 22, 2017 


Haitian communities vow to fight Trump moves to terminate legal status; also on the rundown; an update on the trial of an activist who shut down a pipeline; a new poll shows Americans want to talk turkey not politics, on Thanksgiving; and just ahead of Black Friday - Cyber Security an emerging toy-safety concern.

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Public News Service - TX: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned parts of House Bill 2, a Texas law restricting abortion clinics. (twilight/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas — In a 5-3 ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of a Texas law that severely restricted how abortion clinics could operate. The ruling, which was hailed as a major milestone by pro-abortion groups, removed medical practice regulations on abortion clinics

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the parties in a case involving contraceptives mandated by the Affordable Care Act to file new briefs in the case. (crankyT/iStock)

AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare order this week for new arguments in a case involving contraceptives and the Affordable Care Act, which could mean the justices are looking for a compromise. The court requested that parties in the case, including one from Texas, file new briefs

Research shows restrictions placed on abortion clinics in Texas have caused significant barriers and hardships for women seeking services at those facilities. (PamelaMoore/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - New research shows restrictions placed on Texas clinics that perform abortions are causing significant barriers and hardships for women seeking those services. A study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project says more than half of the clinics that provided abortion services in Texas

Pro-choice and anti-abortion advocates gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday as the justices heard oral arguments on a law that restricts abortions in Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas - Pro-choice and anti-abortion groups listened carefully Wednesday as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Texas abortion law, House Bill 2 passed in 2013. The law forces abortion clinics to meet higher standards, requiring doctors to gain admitting privileges at local

The Zika virus is prevalent in the areas seen in purple, mostly in the Caribbean basin, Central and South America, and southern Mexico. (CDC)

AUSTIN, Texas - Public health officials in Texas are reporting nine cases of the Zika virus in the state's three largest cities. The Department of State Health Services said Tuesday it has confirmed seven cases in the Houston area and one in San Antonio, all persons who recently traveled to countri

PHOTO: State lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow teen parents age 15 and over to get birth control without the consent of their parents or guardians. Photo credit: Parenting Patch/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Reproductive health advocates are urging state lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow teen parents age 15 and older to get birth control without the consent of their parents or guardians. The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony Wednesday in support of the bill from

PHOTO: Texas Rangers lined the stairwells and halls of the Capitol rotunda during this month's peaceful protests against HB2. Photo by Lauren Gerson.

AUSTIN, Texas - New abortion measures are set to begin this fall in Texas. However, those opposed are expected to mount a legal challenge before they go into effect, saying they would place an undue burden on women seeking services. Part of the law requires an abortion provider to have admitting pri

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