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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - PA: Children's Issues

The plan signed by Gov. Tom Wolf could eliminate up to two full days of testing at some schools. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Educators are giving Gov. Tom Wolf high marks for announcing he'll reduce classroom time spent on standardized tests. The governor announced Monday that he plans to cut the time students spend taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSAs, by 20 percent for grades

Under Pennsylvania law, every child is entitled to a free public school education. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Harrisburg School District has issued new guidelines on a policy that prevented several refugee children from enrolling, but advocates for those children fear the changes may not go far enough. The old policy didn't allow children younger than eight to enroll more than

Chlorpyrifos is used on corn, wheat, apples, citrus, strawberries and other foods. (USDA)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal appeals court has refused to order the Environmental Protection Agency to decide if it will ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. Late last year the EPA said exposure to chlorpyrifos, a pesticide related to Sarin nerve gas, put children, farm workers

House Bill 59 would impose work requirements and premiums on Medicaid recipients in Pennsylvania. (Jason Burmeister/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Fiscal analysts say a bill that could pass the General Assembly this week would force some Pennsylvanians off Medicaid. An amendment buried in House Bill 59, one of the bills being considered to implement the state budget, would impose work requirements and add new premiums

Industry data shows methane emissions in Pennsylvania increased 28 percent between 2014 and 2015. (Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH – Pennsylvania parents presented testimony at a public hearing in Washington D.C. on Monday on the EPA's proposal to suspend a rule regulating methane leaks. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and leaks also include carcinogenic chemicals such as benzene and asthma-inducing vola

Despite increases, advocates estimate Pennsylvania needs to invest $3 billion more in public education. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA – The state budget that passed the General Assembly last week gives some critical extra funding to education, but advocates say it's still far short of what's needed. The budget passed on Friday, barely making the deadline. It increases basic education funding by $100 million, a

The budget agreement adds $25 million for pre-Kindergarten programs and $4.77 million for Head Start. (Gov. Tom Wolf)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The budget agreement passed by Pennsylvania's General Assembly gives a big boost to early childhood education. The bipartisan spending plan adds $25 million for the state's Pre-K Counts program, and almost $5 million for Head Start. Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylv

Bill 383 would allow school teachers and other personnel to have access to firearms in school buildings. (Webmaster102/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A leading teachers' organization is strongly opposing a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools. Sponsors of Senate Bill 383 claim the bill would provide for the "protection and defense of pupils." But Dolores McCracken, vice president of the Pennsylvania State

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