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Here's a look at what we're covering: The new White House communications director is expressing his love and loyalty to Donald Trump, more meetings between then Senator Jeff Sessions and the Russians being disclosed, and environmental groups say drilling in New York has contaminated wells.

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Public News Service - PA: Youth Issues

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

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

A Pittsburgh school district argued if an object is capable of inflicting bodily injury, it is a weapon. (marcelaarrubla0329/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – A recent court ruling means schools will have to change a practice that has led to mandatory expulsion of students. The case centered on an incident involving a ten-year-old-girl in a Pittsburgh school who scratched a boy with a pencil after he touched her sexually. The school ca

Under SB 383, school districts could set policies allowing personnel to carry firearms. (Webmaster102/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – On Wednesday the state Senate's education committee is set to vote on a bill to allow school personnel to carry loaded weapons in public schools. Senate Bill 383 is labeled as "providing for protection and defense of students." It would empower school districts to establish

A report says 75 percent of transgender students feel unsafe at school. (daveynin/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – School policies that force transgender students to use separate facilities harm those students and do not help anyone, according to a >new report

A report found a significant number of religious schools that receive vouchers teach creationism as science. (John Scalz/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- A new report says millions of state dollars are being funneled to religious and private schools through two voucher programs. The Pennsylvania House has approved a bill to increase funding by $55 million over the current $125 million level for the Opportunity Scholarship Tax C

Pennsylvania students spend up to 110 hours a year preparing for and taking standardized tests. (KF/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An overemphasis on standardized tests is interfering with children's education in Pennsylvania, according to a leading teachers' organization. According to the new policy brief by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's reliance on high-stakes, standardized tests

Pennsylvania schools with the fewest white students receive $2,000 a year less per pupil, according to a new report. (lourdesnique/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Years of underfunding Pennsylvania's public schools has led to inequalities affecting low-income districts and communities of color, according to a new report. The Education Law Center report, entitled "Money Matters in Education Justice," says the Keystone State ranks 46th in

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