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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - TX: Poverty Issues

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

Advocates are pushing Texas lawmakers to restore Medicaid funding for children with disabilities. (jarenwicklund/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Budget cuts to the Texas Medicaid program have left many of the state's poorest children with little or no access to necessary health care, according to children's advocates. They say despite calls by some in the Texas Legislature to restore funding, the current Senate budget p

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 shows that almost 17 percent of all women and girls in Texas live in poverty. (monkeybusiness/iStockphoto)

DALLAS – About 17 percent of all women and girls in Texas live in poverty, according to a new report. The Dallas Women's Foundation has issued a report titled "Economic Issues for Women in Texas" that shows women still make less money than men, struggle to raise their families and continue to

Children’s advocates say all-day pre-kindergarten programs give Texas children a significant advantage when they begin school. (Children's Defense Fund-Texas)

AUSTIN, Texas – Children's advocates are aiming to convince the Texas Legislature to fund all-day pre-kindergarten classes in the 2018-2019 budget and beyond. The Children's Defense Fund-Texas and others hold a roundtable discussion in Austin Friday, to share reasons to permanently fund what

A federal survey shows that Texas has reduced the number of homeless people needing shelter by 42 percent since 2007. (bodnarchuk/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Advocates for Texas' homeless population are celebrating a federal report showing a significant reduction in the number of Texans who are homeless over the past decade. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual count, homelessness in Texas dropped

The Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project provides legal services to low-income Texas veterans and their families. (br-photo/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – There seems to be no shortage of challenges to overcome for those who have served in the U.S. military, but when the problem involves a legal issue, help is available for veterans in Texas. The Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Project serves low-income veterans, stepping in to

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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