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PNS Daily Newscast - June 29, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; Majority Leader McConnell busy trying to quickly revise the Senate health care bill; a new report says the GOP’s plans would leave a half a million veterans uninsured; and we take you to a Tennessee Kurdish community that’s getting relief from deportations.

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Public News Service - TX: Philanthropy

PHOTO: Attorneys across Texas are being recognized for providing about $500 million worth of legal services to low-income residents each year. Photo credit: Stuart Seeger/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - This is National Pro Bono Week, and while it will soon come to a close, the dramatic need for affordable legal services in Texas is a real struggle that continues each and every day. Attorney Harry Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, says with around five-mil

PHOTO: The number of banks and attorneys in Texas that are getting involved in efforts to fund legal aide assistance for the poor continues to grow. Photo credit: Donkey Hotey

AUSTIN, Texas - The Prime Partner program, which provides funds for vulnerable Texans seeking justice, is gaining momentum. Prime Partner banks agree to pay higher interest on lawyers' trust accounts to support legal-aid assistance for the poor, explained Betty Balli Torres, executive director, Texa

PHOTO: The American Heart Association says the Caruth Grant Initiative through the Communities Foundation of Texas helped fill equipment gaps for Dallas County EMS agencies and streamlined the protocol for heart attack care. L to R: Brent Christopher, Dr. Clyde Yancy, Nancy Brown, Midge LaPorte Epstein and Dr. John Warner. CREDIT: AHA

DALLAS - In a heart attack, minutes can make the difference between life and death - and in Dallas County, more people are surviving thanks to a major transformation to standardize care. During the past two years, the Caruth Grant Initiative helped fill emergency equipment gaps and streamline proto

PHOTO: Letter carriers across the state and the nation will be picking up food donations left by mailboxes on Saturday.
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AUSTIN, Texas – What is known as America's largest one-day food drive is set for Saturday. Carmel Perez Snyder, associate state director for outreach with AARP Texas, says to take part, you just need to leave a bag of food by your mailbox and on Saturday your letter carrier will grab it. "W

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HOUSTON - Some 700 of the nation's top juvenile-justice reformers are gathering in Texas this week to share strategies for reducing the number of troubled youths who wind up behind bars. With several recent studies confirming that problem kids tend to do better when they're not sent off to instituti

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - April is "Earth Month," when the environment gets more of the spotlight than usual. One major Texas retailer is hoping its customers will pay attention - at the cash register. The HEB grocery chain tear-pad program makes it easy to donate $1, $3, or $5 to environmental causes wh

AUSTIN, Texas - The number of Texas children living in communities with high concentrations of poverty increased by 43 percent during the last decade, according to a report released today. Several factors are responsible, says Frances Deviney, senior research associate at the Center for Public Poli

AUSTIN, Texas - The holiday season is traditionally the time Americans open their hearts and wallets a little wider for the needy. While most charities are seeing increased demand for their resources and services, they're facing stagnant - or falling - donation rates, according to a report from the

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