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PNS Daily Newscast - April 24, 2018 


Trump’s Secretary of State nominee gets a narrow thumbs up, but his Veteran’s Affairs nominee is put on hold. Also on our rundown: Protests against Wells Fargo set for Des Moines today; and cannabis advocates blame Florida officials for “reefer madness.”

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Public News Service - PA: Social Justice

Many workers who depend on tips say they experience increased levels of sexual harassment. (Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new report calls for raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour to reduce poverty and promote pay equity. The minimum wage in 21 states, including Pennsylvania, is still $7.25 an hour. Since the current federal minimum wage went into effect nine years ago, it has los

Demonstrators blocked the entrance to PECO headquarters on Thursday. (Rachael Warriner/EQAT)

PHILADELPHIA, – Interfaith protests and arrests marked the week before Easter as clergy and congregants demanded investment in a clean-energy grid for Philadelphia's low-income communities. Twenty-five people with the Power Local Green Jobs campaign were arrested for acts of peaceful civil d

Groups are seeking an injunction to halt construction where drilling-fluid spill protocols have been weakened. (Ohikulkija [CC BY-SA 3.0]/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA — Environmental groups claim the agreement to restart the Mariner East 2 pipelines is illegal. Pipeline construction permits were suspended in January for what the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection labeled "willful and egregious" violations. Five weeks later, S

The court ordered that new congressional district lines be set by Feb. 19. (61-1099lm/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Election law advocates say the state Supreme Court's ruling declaring Pennsylvania's congressional map unconstitutional was the first of its kind in the nation. On Monday, the court said the map created by Republicans in 2011 was drawn to discriminate against Democrats. W

Assistant managers in fast food restaurants may work 60 hours, but many get no overtime pay. (Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma/US Air Force photo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise the income limit for salaried workers to get overtime pay. Right now, Pennsylvania workers on salary who make $23,600 a year or more can be required to work well over 40 hours a week without getting any overtime pay. The governor wants to raise

Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District is considered an extreme example of gerrymandering. (U.S. Department of the Interior/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state's highest court Wednesday heard arguments in a case that could redraw congressional districts in Pennsylvania. Eighteen Democratic voters, one from each of the state's congressional districts, argued that the gerrymandering of their districts has been so extreme i

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

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

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