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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - TX: Civil Rights

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

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

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

Pro-choice protesters make their opinions known at a rally in front of the Texas state Capitol. (vichinterlang/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – A coalition of justice and reproductive rights groups aims to organize into a cohesive political movement the hundreds of thousands of Texans who protested at rallies last month. The groups have formed a campaign called Trust. Respect. Access. to pursue a reproductive health,

Under President Trump's new immigration policy, some refugees arriving at U.S. airports over the weekend were detained or turned back. (ampak/iStockphoto)

DALLAS -- As President Trump's executive order plunged the U.S. immigration system into chaos over the weekend, refugee advocates in Texas were scrambling to make sense of the situation. Hundreds of migrants were detained at international airports around the country, including at Dallas-Fort Worth

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