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PNS Daily Newscast - April 23, 2018 


The Waffle House shooter had an earlier weapons arrest near the White House. Also on our Monday rundown: new eviction data underscores America’s affordable-housing crisis; plus we will take you to a state where one county is putting juvenile justice under public health.

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Public News Service - PA: Women's Issues

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

Down syndrome can be diagnosed as early as 10 weeks into a pregnancy. (jarmoluk/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Civil-liberties advocates call a bill passed Monday by Pennsylvania's House Health Committee "unconstitutional and unenforceable." House Bill 2050 would make it a crime to perform an abortion based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Elizabeth Randol, legislative director for t

Polls show that more than half of Pennsylvanians support access to abortion services. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Without a hearing, the House Health Committee voted Monday to send a restrictive anti-abortion bill to the floor for a vote. Senate Bill 3, which already has passed in the state Senate, would ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and makes no exception for rape, in

Almost 9 million children and 370,000 pregnant women nationwide are covered by CHIP. (Eloisa/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program - but without congressional action, it could be the last. Federal funding for the program that insures almost nine million children nationwide expired on October 1. But despite broad,

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

Smoking-related illness adds $6.3 Billion to Pennsylvania health-care costs annually. (realworkhard/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has made some progress in its efforts to reduce cancer risks and deaths, but a new report says the state could do more. Tobacco still is the leading cause of preventable cancer in the state, accounting for almost 28 percent of cancer deaths and more than $6.3 b

The American Health Care Act passed the U.S. House by a vote of 217 to 213. (USCapitol/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The American Health Care Act that passed the House on Thursday would still cost millions their health insurance. That's the assessment of its opponents. The vote was close, just 217 to 213. And despite promises to improve upon earlier versions that failed to come to a v

Planned Parenthood says polls show 75 percent of Americans oppose defunding. (The All-Nite Images/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The state Senate's Finance Committee this week approved a bill that could effectively defund Planned Parenthood clinics in Pennsylvania. Supporters of Senate Bill 300 say it would only affect the one-third of Planned Parenthood clinics that include abortion services onsite.

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