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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2017 


Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate; also on our rundown; A court victory for tribes and environmental group fighting uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and Seattle appears headed towards a police accountability initiative for 2018.

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Public News Service - PA: Consumer Issues

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,

Senate GOP leadership wants to bring the tax-reform bill to a vote this week. (Scrumshus/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – New Numbers from the Congressional Budget Office show poor Americans would be hurt even more by the Senate GOP tax plan than originally forecast. The CBO found that those with earnings of more than $100,000 would do quite well. But by 2019, Americans earning less than $30,0

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

The Trump administration wants to open some national monuments to mining, logging and grazing. (skeeze/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Most Trump voters in Pennsylvania think the president is doing a good job, but when it comes to protecting national monuments they have a sharply different opinion. The president has announced that he wants to reduce the size of two national monuments that span millions of

Open enrollment ends Dec. 7 for Medicare and Dec. 15 for marketplace insurance. (Rhoda Baer/PA AARPWikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvanians young and old have just a few weeks to make some important decisions on their health insurance options. About 675,000 Pennsylvanians still have no health insurance. For those over 65, open enrollment for Medicare ends on December 7, and for younger people, op

The Weatherization Assistance Program saves households an average of $283 per year. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With cold weather on the way, programs that help low-income Pennsylvanians keep warm are still in jeopardy in Washington. The federal Department of Health and Human Services has begun distributing funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2018 fiscal year.

Transportation now is the largest source of carbon pollution. (05322008/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Overwhelming support for keeping federal fuel-efficiency standards cuts across party lines in Pennsylvania, according to a new poll. In August, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he'd opened a review of the rules that were put in place to fur

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

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