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PNS Daily Newscast - July 28, 2017 


The stories on our rundown today: The stories on our rundown today: Senate efforts to reform health-care stand on the brink of collapse; the U.S. Justice Department says civil-rights law doesn’t protect gay and lesbian workers; and farms adapt to the high cost of doing business.

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A stand of live oak trees in Butler Park frames the downtown Austin skyline. Conservationists say urban forests are critical to air and water quality in Texas cities. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - Conservation groups, cities and business interests are fighting bills in the Texas Legislature that would strip municipalities of the ability to regulate the removal of old-growth trees. Dozens of people have testified before state House and Senate committees, with most speakers opp

A new report shows opportunity in the United States is increasingly limited by where a person lives. (Dipankan001/Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - Where you grow up has a lot to do with your opportunities for success in life, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress. Sarah Edelman, the study's co-author, says because rentals are too expensive in high-opportunity areas, places with good jobs and schools, a

Texas mayors are pledging to make their cities a safe and welcoming landing spot for the Monarch butterfly. (Weimar Meneses/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mayors across the state are raising the bar for Texas hospitality by pledging to make cities more welcoming for the embattled Monarch butterfly. Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio are among the first cities in the nation to take the National Wildlife Federation's

Climate change is likely to have far-reaching impacts on livestock and crops throughout the world, according to a new report. Credit: USDA

AUSTIN, Texas - Climate change will have a big impact on food security across the globe, but will hit the poor and people living in tropical regions the hardest according to a new international study presented at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris. Claudia Tebaldi, a scientist for the

A new study of bike-share programs in Sun Belt cities shows the majority of rides are replacing other modes of transportation. Credit: Seraphimblade/Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN, Texas - More people are sharing bicycles to meet their daily transportation needs and people living in Sun Belt cities are also using bike-share programs for recreation according to a new report from Rice University. Kelsey Walker, research fellow and report co-author with Rice's Kinder I

Fort Worth community organizations, volunteers and environmentalists are launching a pilot project to help pollinators essential to the nation's food supply. Credit: Cmackenz/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas - A group of volunteers in Fort Worth is hoping a bike ride can help spark a grassroots movement to save the butterflies, bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in the nation's food chain. Jillian Jordan, the Great Seed Bomb event's founder, said bees alone contribute mo

Texas is on the hook to reduce carbon emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants. Credit: Larry D. Moore/Wikimedia Commons.

HOUSTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a significant step to slash carbon pollution with Monday's release of the Clean Power Plan. The plan calls for states to reduce emissions from power plants that burn fossil fuels by over 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Juan Pa

PHOTO: The Texas Legislature is looking at partial state funding for a pilot public transit program to increase service and connect all higher-education campuses in the Rio Grande Valley. Transit ridership in the 4,000-square-mile region already is booming. Photo courtesy of Valley Metro.
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AUSTIN, Texas - Students in the Rio Grande Valley could be getting a new ride to class if a public transit project is approved by the Texas Legislature as part of its new budget. The two-year pilot program would connect high school graduates to all higher-education campuses in the region, which spa

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