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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - PA: Women's Issues

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

One-point-six million Pennsylvanians serve as unpaid family caregivers. (Jonathan Banks/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Advocates are asking the State Senate to pass a bill that would give those caring for family members at home some needed help, at no expense to the state. The CARE Act passed in the House last June, but so far the bill hasn't come to the floor of the Senate for a vote. Bill Johnsto

The state budget impasse has meant the shelter system for domestic-violence victims in Pennsylvania has cut staff and services just to stay open. Credit: Dion Gillard/flickr.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state has been directed to release $1.4 million of federal money to programs for domestic-violence shelters. The money was being held up in Harrisburg by the continuing budget impasse. More will be coming through the federal Victims of Crime Act. Peg Dierkers, executive direc

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