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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

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Early voting for the Nov. 3 general election is scheduled to start on Oct. 13 in Texas, but a lawsuit is pending. (paulbr75/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The head of the Texas League of Women Voters does not think a last-minute directive to limit ballot dropboxes will stop residents from voting on Nov. 3. Two separate federal lawsuits have been filed to overturn an executive order issued last Thursday by Gov. Greg Abbott that restri

AARP says any attempt to put Social Security in jeopardy will be met with fierce opposition from its 38 million members. (Ellen26/Pixabay)
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AUSTIN, Texas -- More than 3 million Texans rely on Social Security during retirement, and AARP is calling on people running for office to defend and protect its funding. AARP has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, asking him to outline a future funding plan. The letter follows the president

Antipsychotic medications can be dangerous for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. (David Pereias/Adobe Stock)
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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has reduced the misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes in recent years, but some advocacy groups say much more can be done. Amanda Fredriksen, associate state director at AARP Texas, explained about 12,000 nursing home residents are being given antipsychotic drugs fo

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)

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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

Healthcare advocates say a second version of the American Health Care Act would put even more Texans at risk of losing coverage. (SamEdwards/GettyImages)

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AUSTIN, Texas – Congress could vote on a new version of the GOP's American Health Care Act as early as this weekend, but a group of Texas health-care advocates is strongly opposing the bill. The proposal still makes insurance more expensive for older Americans, would strip an estimated 24 mill

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

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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

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

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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

The number of uninsured Hispanic children dropped significantly, in Texas and across the country, during the first year of the Affordable Care Act. (iStock)
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AUSTIN, Texas - The rate of uninsured Hispanic children has fallen to an historic low during the first year of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report. The study by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza, shows Texas has also made

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