PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: we will take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have gun; and “ghost” fishing gear killing whales and seals on the West Coast.

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Public News Service - TX: Youth Issues

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 federal judge has ordered changes to the Texas foster care system, and appointed people to monitor and report on its progress for the next three years. (Yazolino/GettyImages)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Children's advocates are crying foul after state officials appealed a federal judge's ruling mandating numerous changes to the state's foster care system. The order describes the system as "still broken," and lists additional steps to protect abused and neglected chi

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

About 400,000 children in Texas could lose health coverage if Congress fails to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (PeopleImages/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – Almost 9 million families – 400,000 in Texas alone – are anxiously waiting to hear if their children will have health insurance in 2018 and beyond. Congress has passed a two-week, stop-gap budget to avoid a government shutdown, but again failed to fund the Childre

Manufacturing and other industry jobs that pay well but don't need a four-year degree are growing in Texas and across the country, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

WACO, Texas – A new study just out shows that in Texas and around the country, the number of good paying jobs for workers with less than a bachelor's degree is growing. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that over the past 25 years, nearly h

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

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