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PNS Daily News - June 26, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s news including: it’s a key week for Republicans drumming up support for health care legislation; mayors from around the country speak out against Trump’s climate policies; and why some cattle producers have a beef with the USDA.

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Public News Service - PA: Human Rights/Racial Justice

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

A Pittsburgh school district argued if an object is capable of inflicting bodily injury, it is a weapon. (marcelaarrubla0329/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – A recent court ruling means schools will have to change a practice that has led to mandatory expulsion of students. The case centered on an incident involving a ten-year-old-girl in a Pittsburgh school who scratched a boy with a pencil after he touched her sexually. The school ca

Pennsylvania schools with the fewest white students receive $2,000 a year less per pupil, according to a new report. (lourdesnique/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Years of underfunding Pennsylvania's public schools has led to inequalities affecting low-income districts and communities of color, according to a new report. The Education Law Center report, entitled "Money Matters in Education Justice," says the Keystone State ranks 46th in

Undocumented immigrants in Pennsylvania pay about $135 million in state and local taxes. (stevepb/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Undocumented immigrants pay millions in state and local taxes in Pennsylvania every year, according to a new report. The study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy gives estimates of the total of sales, real estate, and state and local income taxes paid by undocumented

Students from nine state colleges and universities are participating in the day of action. (WestCoastivieS/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Students are engaging in direct action in nine cities across Pennsylvania Thursday, urging state legislators to oppose a bill that would penalize colleges and universities that have declared themselves to be sanctuary schools. House Bill 14 would cut state funding from stat

Organizers say sanctuary cities such as Philadelphia need to do more to protect immigrants. (Rdsmith4/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA - Organizers used Thursday's "Day Without Immigrants" to highlight that, even in sanctuary cities, stronger policies are needed to protect immigrant communities. In cities around the country, many immigrants and their supporters stayed away from work and school to protest the Trump adm

The ACLU says it has seen cases in which U.S. citizens have been held in Pennsylvania jails on erroneous ICE detainers. (Neil Conway/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A bill that has passed in the state Senate would penalize sanctuary cities and counties in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 10 would withhold state money from municipalities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities. According to Sara Rose, an attorney with the ACLU of Pe

More than 1,000 people have volunteered for the

PHILADELPHIA – The number of houses of worship offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants has doubled in the weeks since the election. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump made his promise to deport undocumented immigrants a constant theme. But since his victory at the polls, th

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