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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - PA: Human Rights/Racial Justice

Cellphones have become important tools for documenting and deterring police misconduct. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia will pay $250,000 to settle two lawsuits brought by people who were restrained or arrested for recording police. The cases were part of a series of five filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of people who faced retaliation for photographing or reco

If successful, the lawsuit could change voting district lines before the 2018 election. (Tom Prete/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could result in a new election district map in the Keystone State. Experts say Pennsylvania has one of the most gerrymandered congressional and legislative district maps in the country. Although voters are pretty evenly divided bet

In 2015 Williams was raped multiple times by an inmate in Allegheny County Jail. (TheZachMorrisExperience/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County is being sued by a transgender woman who was sexually and verbally abused while in the county jail. Jules Williams has lived as a woman for years and her gender identity is affirmed by her state-issued identification and birth certificate. But according to Sar

A new report says greater investment in high-quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs would help ensure children's later school success. (26057/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - There are wide and persistent disparities in opportunities for African-American and Latino children in Pennsylvania, according to a new report. The 2017 "Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that white children in Pennsylvania ranked 20th in an index b

Despite record high stock prices, budget proposals cut taxes for the rich and aid for the poor. (alessandrodandrea/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Poverty in Pennsylvania is almost back to pre-recession levels, but the programs that made that possible are under threat from Washington, according to a new report from the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) and the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP). Census

PHILADELPHIA – Responding to ICE raids that targeted sanctuary cities, immigrants' rights advocates gathered outside the agency's Philadelphia office yesterday for a prayer vigil. Last week, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out "Operation Safe City," rounding up almost

Body cams were intended to increase police accountability and transparency. (Sanderflight/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill that opponents say would restrict public access to police video is now on Gov. Tom Wolf's desk. Senate Bill 560 cleared the House last week and passed in the Senate on Tuesday. According to Elizabeth Randol, legislative director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the whol

A new report blames bias in drawing district lines for giving the Republican Party a 13-5 advantage in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation. (61-1099lm/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Redistricting designed to favor a political party has skewed election results in many states, and a new report says Pennsylvania is one of the most extreme examples. The report, "Extreme Maps," from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's School of Law, said partis

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