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PNS Daily News - June 27, 2017 


The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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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

Immigrants have protested to keep DAPA in place, but Homeland Security officials rescinded the program last week. (Raedle/GettyImages)

DALLAS -- A decision by the Trump Administration last week is keeping hope alive for immigrants brought to Texas and the rest of the U.S. as children. But the news isn't as good for their parents. The Department of Homeland Security said it has rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of American

A Texas judge has ruled that federal immigration detention centers cannot be licensed by the state as child-care facilities. (Grassroots Leadership)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Federal immigration centers have begun releasing hundreds of families from detention after a Texas judge ruled the the centers cannot be licensed as child-care facilities. While the ruling had been long-sought by immigration activists, the flood of families released by Im

An Annie E. Casey Foundation report says child welfare agencies should provide foster parents with more training, recognition and support. (fstop123/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – There is a critical need for more and better-trained foster parents to care for children whose lives have been turned upside down, a new report says. The Annie E. Casey Foundation study also said that foster parents in Texas and across the country should have more input in dev

AARP Texas is helping older people avoid becoming victims of financial abuse by family members or others close to them. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – Becoming older often means needing help from others, but sometimes that help can turn to harm when someone close steals from the elderly. October is Elder Financial Exploitation Awareness Month, and groups including AARP Texas say it's a growing problem that affects the financi

Analysts say surprise medical bills from out-of-network doctors can sometimes turn a medical emergency into a financial catastrophe. (MinervaStudio/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Even though they may have health insurance, growing numbers of Texas consumers are getting unexpected bills from doctors not in the consumers' health care network. A public policy group told state legislators recently that consumers need more protection from surprise medical bills

Immigration and civil rights groups are fighting a judge’s order for the release of personal information on thousands of undocumented immigrants. (AlexStar/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Immigration and civil rights groups are asking a federal appeals court to block a Texas judge's order to release personal information on thousands of undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the Justice Department to turn over personal data for about

A recent Texas Supreme Court ruling means school districts will have to wait until the 2017 legislative session for any changes to the state's school funding plan. (morguefile)

AUSTIN, Texas - Teachers and other educators are raising concerns that a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling on the state's school funding system lets the Legislature off the hook for fixing it. The state's high court found the system to be flawed but constitutional, leaving no mandate for state law

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