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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - TX: Poverty Issues

Many Texas children with disabilities and developmental delays have lost access to critical therapy due to budget cuts in the state's Early Childhood Intervention program. (KidStock/GettyImages)

TYLER, Texas – Funding cuts are forcing thousands of Texas children with disabilities and developmental delays to lose access to critical therapy. The Texas Legislature first cut funding several years ago to the state's Early Childhood Intervention program, also called ECI, forcing a signifi

A new study shows that while more Latinos are earning college degrees, they still fall behind white and African American students in educational attainment. (HillStreet/GettyImages)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Despite progress in recent years, earning a college degree remains a major challenge for Latinos both in Texas and across the country. A new study out Wednesday from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that only 21 percent of Latinos hav

A new study examines the effects that a $5 billion funding cut had on Texas school districts and their students over a five-year period. (Raedle/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Funding cuts by state lawmakers left a five-year, $5 billion hole in the budget for Texas public schools between 2011 and 2016. A new University of Texas study analyzes the effect of those cuts, made because of state revenue shortfalls, which forced many districts to operate

The White House has severely cut the funding for community groups, often called Navigators, that help people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (Raedle/Getty Images)

HOUSTON – This week, the Affordable Care Act survived another repeal effort in Congress, but behind the scenes, the federal government is adding obstacles and making major cuts to its funding. The Department of Health and Human Services has slashed the ACA's advertising budget, and significa

Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers almost 400,000 children in Texas, is being held up in Congress pending the passage of an Obamacare repeal. (FatCamera/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas – Children's advocates are concerned that health insurance for almost 400,000 children in Texas is being held prisoner by partisan politics. Senate Republicans, making a last ditch effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act, have put re-authorization of the Children's Health In

Houston Food Bank officials say their volunteers have processed and distributed more than 1.5 million pounds of food since Hurricane Harvey. (Houston Food Bank)

HOUSTON - After the initial influx of food and other donations following Hurricane Harvey, southeast Texas food banks are preparing to serve the region's long-term needs. While most of the emergency shelters have cleared out, thousands of people returned to flood-damaged or destroyed-homes, or lost

Construction workers put the finishing touches on new townhouses in Dallas. The high cost of housing is making it difficult for low-income Texans to find an affordable home. (ScottOlson/Getty Images)

DALLAS – Despite a boom in home building in the state's largest cities, advocates say affordable housing for low and middle income Texans is getting harder to find. Studies show more than 2 million Texas households, mostly those who rent, spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing,

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

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