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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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Charter schools often collect $10,000 more than they spend on a student with disabilities, according to the Pennsylvania School Board Assn. (Dscot018/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Public education advocates are asking legislators to fix a state law that currently gives charter schools more special-education funding than they spend on students with disabilities. The amounts the charter schools receive for special education are based on an average of wha

Children should be screened for developmental delays at nine months, 18 months, and 24 to 30 months of age. (Kasman/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Half of Pennsylvania's children in publicly funded health care are not getting simple screenings to detect developmental delays. Early detection and treatment can be critical to helping children with delayed physical, social, intellectual or emotional development keep up wi

Some defendants have waited more than a year in jail for court ordered treatment. (Jumilla/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has agreed to make sweeping changes in the delivery of mental health services to mentally ill persons facing criminal charges. The agreement, approved Wednesday, settles a federal class action lawsuit filed last October on behalf of hundreds of criminal defenda

Asbestos was used extensively in construction, shipbuilding and steel mills. (Joey Gannon/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A bill affecting compensation claims by Pennsylvanians suffering from asbestos-related diseases is scheduled for a key committee vote in the state Legislature. Asbestos has been known for decades to cause diseases like mesothelioma, a kind of cancer. Victims of industrial exposure

One-point-six million Pennsylvanians serve as unpaid family caregivers. (Jonathan Banks/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Advocates are asking the State Senate to pass a bill that would give those caring for family members at home some needed help, at no expense to the state. The CARE Act passed in the House last June, but so far the bill hasn't come to the floor of the Senate for a vote. Bill Johnsto

The mentally ill may wait years in jail for court-ordered competency restoration treatment. Credit: TryJimmy/pixabay.com

PHILADELPHIA - The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of mentally-ill prisoners held in Pennsylvania jails while awaiting treatment. Criminal courts often order mentally ill criminal defendants who cannot understand the proceedings to undergo treatment to restore their competence. Accord

The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan would cover every resident of the state. Credit: Healthcare4ALL PA<br />

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A bill to create a single-payer health-care system in Pennsylvania will be introduced in the state Legislature by the end of the month. The legislation is being introduced by Representative Pamela DeLissio of Philadelphia and was crafted with the assistance of HealthCare 4 ALL P

PHOTO: Randy Moyer's tongue is just one of many spots where he says he experiences unexplained pain and swelling after his exposure to fracking waste, made up of a mixture of water and toxic chemicals. Photo courtesy of Moyer.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An organization calling itself "Stop Poisoning Pennsylvania" is demonstrating Tuesday at Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration, calling for a ban on fracking in the commonwealth. The new governor says he supports fracking as a method of oil and gas drilling. Washington County resident

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