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PNS Daily Newscast - July 21, 2017 


On our rundown today: the Russia probe expands to include an investigation into President Trump’s business transactions; the DREAM Act is back in Congress; and a scientific organization says the president’s nominee for a top science role at the USDA is unqualified.

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Public News Service - TX: Youth Issues

If Medicaid funds are cut, 3 million low-income Texas children could lose their health-care coverage. (Boyle/GettyImages)

HOUSTON - More than 3 million low-income Texas children could lose their health care if the U.S. Senate's repeal-and-replace bill, known as the "Better Care Reconciliation Act," becomes law, according to a new analysis. The Center for Public Policy Priorities analysis determined that the plan's $80

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs one of dozens of bills passed by the Texas Legislature this session. Opponents already have begun filing legal challenges to many of them. (TexasGovermentOnline)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature passed some of the nation's most conservative laws during the current session, but political analysts say the real battle may just be getting started. The session is scheduled to end this weekend, but when the gavel comes down, oppo

A Texas lawmaker is seeking to stop schools from “lunch shaming” or stigmatizing students who cannot pay for their cafeteria meals. (monkeybusiness/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is joining New Mexico, California and other states in trying to prevent "lunch shaming" of children who can't pay for their food in a school cafeteria. Often, when a student's lunch account runs out of money, they're pulled out of line and given a cold sandwich or another

Opponents of a bill to license ICE family detention centers in Dilley and Karnes City as child-care facilities contend it would further traumatize children being held there. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

AUSTIN, Texas - A bill in the Texas Legislature aims to overturn previous court rulings barring state officials from licensing federal detention centers as child-care providers. A coalition of groups is opposing House Bill 2225 and a companion Senate bill, which would allow federal Immigration and

A bill pending before the Texas Legislature would send 17-year-old offenders through the juvenile-justice system rather the adult criminal-justice system. (Popov/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is one of only a handful of states that still prosecutes 17-year-olds as adults in its criminal justice system, but state lawmakers could soon change that. A coalition of advocacy groups is backing House Bill 122, to change the age of criminal responsibility to 18, movi

A new study shows that in states where same-sex marriage was legalized, fewer gay teenagers have attempted to take their own lives. (DoroO/iStockphoto)

HOUSTON – New research says state laws legalizing same-sex marriage have brought a reduction in suicide attempts among high-school students. The study particularly notes a decline in suicides among gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers in those states, prior to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling upho

Texas schools have some of the highest participation levels in the School Breakfast Program compared to other states. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

WACO, Texas -- Texas is among the top states in the country for public school participation in the national School Breakfast Program. The 2017 School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center ranked the Lone Star State eighth-best in the nation for the number of schools providing

A new report by the American Lung Association gives Texas failing grades when it comes to programs to help people stop smoking. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – The American Lung Association has released its 2016 report card on the state of tobacco control, and Texas received failing grades across the board. The report gave the Lone Star State an 'F' in all five categories: tobacco prevention and cessation funding, smoke-free air, to

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