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PNS Daily Newscast - April 24, 2018 


Trump’s Secretary of State nominee gets a narrow thumbs-up, but his Veteran’s Affairs nominee is put on hold. Also on our rundown: protests against Wells Fargo set for Des Moines today; and cannabis advocates blame Florida officials for “reefer madness.”

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Public News Service - TX: Gun Violence Prevention

Thousands of students, teachers and parents descended on the Florida State Capitol in protest after a former student with an assault rifle killed 17 students at a school in a shooting rampage. (Moore/GettyImages)<br />

AUSTIN, Texas – After the recent deadly shootings at a Florida high school, gun advocates such as the National Rifle Association and others say arming teachers could avoid another massacre. However, with few exceptions, most teachers in Texas think that's a bad idea, and that it isn't their

A new report shows that children of color comprise 68 percent of the 7.3 million kids in Texas. (Arcurs/GettyImages)<br /><br />

AUSTIN, Texas -- A new report on the "State of America's Children" shows that large numbers of kids living in Texas confront poverty, homelessness, hunger and violence in their daily lives. The report by the Children's Defense Fund found that in Texas, children face major challenges: 1-in-5 live in

A customer examines an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle recently in a gun store. (Frey/GettyImages)

WACO, Texas – A new study on gun culture finds that a small, but influential group of Americans sees guns not as a problem, but as a way to solve a problem. The report, published in the journal Social Problems, analyzed gun owners in Texas and across the U.S. by factors such as sex, race, re

A memorial for 26 members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs killed in last Sunday's shooting is set in a field across from the church. (Olsen/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Another deadly mass shooting, this time in a south Texas town, has some state legislators seeking to recast the debate over gun violence as a public health issue. At a news conference by the group Texas Gun Sense, lawmakers and others said the killing of 26 people by a lone gunman

A fatal shooting in San Antonio is shining new light on the debate over whether law-enforcement officers should use body cameras. Credit: Avid Creative, Inc.

SAN ANTONIO - A video released Monday by an ABC affiliate in San Antonio shows Bexar County Sheriff's Deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez fatally shooting Gilbert Flores. In the video, Flores stands still - and at a distance from the officers with his hands raised - the moment the deputies open

PHOTO: Public lighting can make a big difference for neighborhood health and safety, so efforts are underway to get street lights in the more than 1,200 colonias across the Rio Grande Valley that otherwise go dark at night. Photo courtesy La Union del Pueblo Entero.
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AUSTIN, Texas – As families across Texas gather to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, for thousands of moms in the Rio Grande Valley, the best gift would be a little light. In Cameron and Hidalgo counties, there are more than 200,000 people living in colonias, or unincorporated neighborhoods

PHOTO: It's estimated that about one in six adults in the U.S. drink

AUSTIN, Texas - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that at least 38 million Americans drink too much. According to Texas experts, the costs and dangers of binge drinking are especially acute for women. Dr. Jane Maxwell, senior research scientist, Schoo

PHOTO: President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence includes a ban on some so-called assault-style weapons. CREDIT: Graf Spee

AUSTIN, Texas - President Obama has unveiled a plan aimed at curbing gun violence in America. The package of legislation for Congress includes a ban on high-capacity magazines, the reinstatement of a ban on some assault-style weapons and a proposal to have mandatory background checks for all gun pur

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