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PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 


Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - PA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Over the next ten years, 20,000 to 25,000 Pennsylvania teachers will retire. (SchoolPRPro/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Low pay is a likely factor in Pennsylvania's teacher shortage, according to a new report. The report, from the Economic Policy Institute, shows that weekly compensation, including wages and benefits, for teachers in the Keystone State are almost 7 percent lower than pay for c

The lawsuit challenging the adequacy of Pennsylvania's public school funding was first filed in 2014. (mromerorta/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A lawsuit claiming that Pennsylvania public schools are chronically underfunded is one step closer to going to trial. The Commonwealth Court set a hearing for March 7 to address preliminary objections filed by state legislators opposing the lawsuit. According to Maura McIne

Pennsylvania is 47th in per capita investment in higher education. (Kumar Appaiah/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A nonpartisan research group has released a new plan to make education at the Commonwealth's public community colleges and universities more affordable. The plan, called "The Pennsylvania Promise," was unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday. Mark Price, a labor econom

Studies show that SNAP benefits help families purchase healthier diets. (TeroVesalainen/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report links access to SNAP benefits to improved health and lower health care costs. The paper, published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, compiles studies of the health status of low-income people who receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutritio

Pennsylvania ranks 18th out of 30 states with publicly funded pre-K. (Floridanana/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Investing in pre-K is investing in a strong future for Pennsylvania, according to a new report from Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. The study says the Keystone State ranks 18th out of 30 states that put state money into quality pre-K programs. While neighboring New

Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing weaker emission rules for existing oil and gas facilities. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean air advocates want the Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection to strengthen rules for methane leaks from existing sources. Environmental groups say last week's release of the final draft of permits to control emissions from new oil and gas wells, pipeli

The final tax bill keeps a provision opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Environmental groups say the final tax bill agreed to last week by the House and Senate Reconciliation Committee will be a disaster for the environment. There is some good news, as tax incentives for electric cars and wind power that had been eliminated in the House bill, are ba

Education Savings Accounts would give public education money to families to pay private school tuition. (Jason Pope/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Education advocates say bills pending in the General Assembly to create Education Savings Accounts would further defund public education in the state. Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 1717 would allow parents to pay private school tuition with public money. The stated goal is

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