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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Selenium from pollution released by the Brunner Island coal plant might explain tumors and lesions found on smallmouth bass in local waterways, environmental activists say. (Maxpixel)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Environmental groups want Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection to reconsider its draft water pollution permit for the Brunner Island coal-fired power plant. The latest draft permit, released Friday, would delay the plant's deadline to comply with disc

Students present a list of demands to the West Chester University administration. (James Cersonsky)<br />

WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Students, faculty and community supporters at West Chester University rallied on Tuesday for a student worker raise and a tuition freeze. Last month, students delivered hundreds of signatures on petitions, demanding a five-year freeze on tuition and fees and a $15-an-hour wage f

Reining in the cost of prescription drugs is one way to reduce Medicare costs, according to AARP. (USMC/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Switching Medicare to a voucher system would put health care out of reach for many Pennsylvania seniors, according AARP and other advocates for seniors. Some members of Congress have proposed replacing Medicare's guaranteed benefits with a voucher system to reduce costs, gi

DEP estimates the natural gas industry emitted 115,000 tons of methane in Pennsylvania in 2014.  (Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean air advocates are concerned that a bill in the state Senate would undermine efforts to control a major contributor to climate change. Over a 20-year time period, methane, the main component of natural gas, is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse ga

Growing deficits and few reserves make Pennsylvania's budget problems worse than that of most other states. (Jason Burmeister/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is one of many states facing tough financial times, according to a series of articles examining issues facing state legislatures. State of the States 2017 from Stateline, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, examines five policy areas, including maintaining

Repealing the ACA could leave more than 1 million Pennsylvanians without health insurance. (PBPC)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement in hand will cause massive losses of health insurance and jobs and a huge increase in Pennsylvania's budget deficit, according to a new report. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center estimated that, altogether, more than 1

Federal leases account for about 40 percent of coal mined in the United States. (Greg Goebel/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report acknowledges that coal mined on public land accounts for 11 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. A year ago the Obama administration halted new leases for coal mining on public land as it conducted a review of the leasing program. According Jenny Har

In Pennsylvania, 74 percent of eligible children in suburban districts cannot access publicly funded pre-K. (Terren in Virginia/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A majority of eligible children in every Pennsylvania community misses out on the benefits of high quality, publicly funded pre-kindergarten, according to a new report. The report by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children says about 70 percent of eligible children in rural

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