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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - PA: Children's Issues

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

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,

Nationally more than 1 million African-Americans live within half a mile of existing natural gas facilities. (dbchandler/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – A new report shows that pollution from oil and gas facilities in Pennsylvania and nationwide is disproportionately harming African-American communities. The report, "Fumes Across the Fence-Line," documents health impacts of living near oil and gas pollution, including increase

Lithium-ion batteries in some powered toys can catch fire or explode. (Neupaddy/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The holiday shopping season is getting started, and a new report can help consumers avoid toys that can be hazardous to children. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but many toys still on store shelves can pose real risks to children

A new report says greater investment in high-quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten programs would help ensure children's later school success. (26057/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - There are wide and persistent disparities in opportunities for African-American and Latino children in Pennsylvania, according to a new report. The 2017 "Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that white children in Pennsylvania ranked 20th in an index b

Populations of monarch butterflies and other pollinators have declined sharply. (bbarlow/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Conservation and gardening groups are getting help from a nine-year-old Pennsylvania boy in their efforts to stop the decline of pollinating insects. Pollinators are responsible for one third of our food supply, but loss of habitat, parasites and pesticides have severely re

More than 1,100 Pennsylvania schools and daycare centers are within one-half mile of oil or gas production facilities. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – Does your child go to school or daycare near an active oil or gas well? A new interactive map can help you find out. The map was created using data from the Department of Education to show not only the location but the total enrollment of daycare centers, primary and secondary s

The EPA was required to start designating areas that need to cut ozone pollution on Oct. 1. (Foto-Rabe/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A coalition of environmental and health groups has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice that it needs to implement more protective clean air standards now. New health standards for smog-forming ozone pollution were developed in 2015. The EPA on Sunday was required t

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