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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 


A day in court for the alleged Florida school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: a 24-hour hotline "reignites" to support immigrants; and a new study finds prescription drugs in the Hudson River, from Troy all the way to New York City.

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Public News Service - PA: Consumer Issues

Switching to renewable energy and electric vehicles would help reduce carbon emissions, environmentalists stress. (stux/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – Three state senators have introduced legislation to bring Pennsylvania into line with the carbon emission goals of the Paris Agreement. When President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the international climate accord he quipped that he represents "Pit

Pennsylvania is 47th in per capita investment in higher education. (Kumar Appaiah/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A nonpartisan research group has released a new plan to make education at the Commonwealth's public community colleges and universities more affordable. The plan, called "The Pennsylvania Promise," was unveiled in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday. Mark Price, a labor econom

Salt makes winter roads safer, but harms rivers, streams and drinking water, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. (Pexels/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The same salt that melts ice and snow on slippery roads and sidewalks can also harm vegetation, aquatic life and even humans, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which monitors the effects of road salt on water quality. Last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Tran

Studies show that SNAP benefits help families purchase healthier diets. (TeroVesalainen/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report links access to SNAP benefits to improved health and lower health care costs. The paper, published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, compiles studies of the health status of low-income people who receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutritio

Installing solar systems will return an estimated 8 to 10 percent on the initial investment. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Solar power is growing in Pennsylvania as individuals, businesses and communities take action to reduce carbon emissions. Since the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, local and state efforts to combat climate change have become critical. A

Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing weaker emission rules for existing oil and gas facilities. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean air advocates want the Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection to strengthen rules for methane leaks from existing sources. Environmental groups say last week's release of the final draft of permits to control emissions from new oil and gas wells, pipeli

Advocates for net neutrality say internet service should be treated and regulated as a utility. (Picography/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Federal Communications Commission has voted to repeal net neutrality rules. In a party-line vote on Thursday, the FCC approved a proposal to end regulations that prohibit internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access, or prioritizing their own content.

Email links could be phishing scams so itís best to enter store web addresses directly. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Holiday shopping is in full swing and so are shopping scams, but there are ways you can protect yourself. The basic rule of defensive shopping is: if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Mary Bach, chair of AARP's Consumer Issues Task Force, cautions that som

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