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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - PA: Women's Issues

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.

Fetal anomalies often are not diagnosed until 19 weeks or later. (Scott/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The state Senate's Judiciary Committee voted Monday to further restrict abortions in Pennsylvania. The party-line vote approved a measure that would cut the limit on abortion access from 24 weeks to 20. The vote was taken despite the fact that the committee held no public hea

Jailing and fining students or parents for truancy can trap families in a cycle of debt. (pexels.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's new truancy law makes some major improvements, but puts poor families at risk of increased penalties that don't solve the problem, according to critics. The new law puts an emphasis on addressing root causes of truancy in the schools and dealing with cases on

Forty women and men protested outside Trump's Philadelphia campaign office. (Emma Boorboor)

PHILADELPHIA - Women dressed in black protested Tuesday outside Trump campaign offices in at least 15 cities around the nation. Led by survivors of sexual assault, a multiracial group of 40 women formed a symbolic human wall outside Donald Trump's campaign office in Philadelphia. Emma Boorboor, wit

Immigrants' advocates demand the release of families detained at Berks County Detention Center. (Make the Road Pennsylvania)

LEESPORT, Pa. — Monday will mark one week since 22 mothers began a hunger strike to demand that they and their children be released from an immigration detention center in the borough of Leesport. Federal courts have ruled that children, with or without parents, cannot be held in immigration

Children in family-based foster care have better short and long-term outcomes.  (Catherine ScottFamily/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Children in family-based foster care do much better than those placed in group settings, according to a new report. The report, "Congregate Foster Care in PA," from the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, said kids in family care do better in school, face fewer problems with dr

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