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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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Public News Service - PA: Family/Father Issues

Asking questions and suggesting alternatives helps older relatives maintain independence. (freestockphotos.biz)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Family gatherings over the holidays are a chance to relax and share, but they can also be an important opportunity to start conversations about caregiving. Older adults in the family may need more help than they used to, but talking with them about serious topics like safe dr

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

Pennsylvania’s prison population grew 12 percent and crime decreased 23 percent, according to a new national report, between 2006 and 2014. (Marduk/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa.- A new analysis shows Pennsylvania is out of step with most states that are reducing their crime rates. Between 2006 and 2014, 27 states lowered their prison populations and saw their crime rates go down. Crime decreased in Pennsylvania in that period too, but the prison populatio

Pennsylvania has been named one of the “Terrible Ten” worst states for tax fairness. (Jason/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A state senator says he's found a way to help balance the Commonwealth's budget and spend more on education without raising taxes on low and middle-income taxpayers. Pennsylvania's constitution doesn't allow legislators to tax the same kinds of income at different rates. But Ma

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

Immigrants and supporters from Philadelphia attend Monday’s rally. (New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - About 2,000 immigrants and their supporters rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. A closely divided court heard oral arguments in a challenge by 26 states to President Obama's executive action on immigration. If upheld by the court, it would allow the undocumented p

Guns were found in fewer than one percent of frisks by Philadelphia Police, a new report says. (George Donnelly/flickr.com)

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Police continue to stop and frisk pedestrians without suspicion and disproportionately target minorities, according to a new report. In 2011 the Philadelphia Police Department agreed to reform its stop and frisk practices under the settlement of a federal lawsuit. B

Governor Wolf is calling on lawmakers to raise the minimum wage for all workers. (Governor Tom Wolf/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Minimum-wage state workers and those working for companies with state contracts will be getting a raise. Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order Monday, raising the minimum wage for all workers under his jurisdiction to $10.15 an hour. Details of the order were not immediatel

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