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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - TX: Family/Father Issues

Con artists often seek out seniors during the holiday season with scams demanding they pay bogus tax bills, false pleas from

AUSTIN, Texas -- Family celebrations during the holiday season often center around parents and grandparents. But the holidays are a time when con artists may also have have seniors in their sights. Family members who act as financial caregivers for parents or others often are the first line of def

The CARE Act is designed to assist people who are caregivers to an ill or elderly family member. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new state law went into effect this year to help Texans care for loved ones who are ill or have a disability, but advocates say more should be done to help family caregivers. Statistics show if the family members who assist ill or aging relatives were replaced by paid caregiv

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

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Immigrants have protested to keep DAPA in place, but Homeland Security officials rescinded the program last week.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

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