PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 

Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Public News Service - PA: Housing/Homelessness

Under Wilkes-Barre's ordinance, tenants with no knowledge of an offense could be immediately evicted. (Daniel/Flickr)

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - The City of Wilkes-Barre has agreed to stop enforcing its "one strike, you're out" ordinance. The local law allows the city to evict tenants from their homes, and keep the premises from being rented again for six months, if anyone is arrested there for crimes involving drugs or g

Groups opposed to changes in Philadelphia's anti-deportation policy rallied at City Hall on Friday. Courtesy New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Community groups and immigration advocates are telling Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to keep his hands off the city's anti-deportation ICE Hold policy. The mayor says he wants to change the executive order that controls city cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, o

Syrian refugees now entering the United States began the process in 2012. Credit: Voice of America News/Wikimedia Commons

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Following last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, at least 26 governors have said they won't allow Syrian refugees to resettle in their states but advocates say those fears are unfounded. With millions displaced by civil war in Syria, President Obama wants the U.S. to accept 10,

Without a state budget, nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels for Pennsylvania seniors are running out of money. Credit: U.S. Aair Force.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The four-month budget impasse in Harrisburg is hitting services for seniors particularly hard. In some counties, state funds account for 80 percent or more of the budget for human services. Ray Landis, director of advocacy for AARP Pennsylvania, says vital care for seniors i

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

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 U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case involving an anti-immigrant ordinance passed in Hazleton which was deemed unconstitutional by lower courts. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

HAZLETON, Pa. - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of anti-immigrant ordinances passed by a Pennsylvania city in 2006 but deemed unconstitutional by lower courts. The measures would have barred individuals the city of Hazleton defined as "illegal aliens" from rental housing, and wou

There are concerns among community advocates in Pennsylvania that the Mortgage Choice Act could make lending less transparent. Photo courtesy of

HARRISBURG, Pa. – With many Pennsylvania communities still reeling from the damage done by the housing meltdown comes legislation that could spell major trouble for current and future homeowners. Craig Robbins, executive director of the citizens advocacy group ACTION United, says the Consume

PHILADELPHIA - The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is suing the city over a policy change that would no longer allow churches to hand out food to people in the city's public parks. Members of certain Philadelphia churches have given out food to people in need in city parks, but now

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