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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown: a new poll has Americans turning thumbs-down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - TX: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

Poor reimbursement rates have forced 16 rural hospitals in Texas to close their doors since 2013. (highwaystarz/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new report warns that rural hospitals in Texas could be hit hardest under a Congressional plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It found that proposed funding cuts to the Medicaid program, which already is operating at a minimal level in Texas, could force man

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

Analysts say surprise medical bills from out-of-network doctors can sometimes turn a medical emergency into a financial catastrophe. (MinervaStudio/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Even though they may have health insurance, growing numbers of Texas consumers are getting unexpected bills from doctors not in the consumers' health care network. A public policy group told state legislators recently that consumers need more protection from surprise medical bills

Immigration and civil rights groups are fighting a judge’s order for the release of personal information on thousands of undocumented immigrants. (AlexStar/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Immigration and civil rights groups are asking a federal appeals court to block a Texas judge's order to release personal information on thousands of undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the Justice Department to turn over personal data for about

Texas public health officials say the aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary carrier of the Zika virus, which could reach Texas as soon as June or July. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – The Zika virus is on its way to Texas this summer, and officials say it could have a devastating effect on impoverished communities in coastal and border cities. Public health officials told state lawmakers this week that Zika cases contracted through the aedes aegypti mosqui

Native Americans and others are protesting the Dos Republicas mine near Eagle Pass, where coal will be extracted and shipped to Mexico by rail. (Klotzbach/iStock)<br /><br />

EAGLE PASS, Texas - Native Americans from Texas and across the country are protesting the operations at an open-pit coal mine on the Texas-Mexico border, saying it is located on sacred ground. Members of the Lipan Apaches, the Coahuiltecan Nation, the Carrizo-Comecrudo, the Kickapoo and other trib

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