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PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown: President Trump takes to the phone in last minute attempts to urge GOP members to back Ryancare; We take a closer look at what A.C.A. repeal could mean to the health of kids in North Carolina; plus an unusual plea from New York millionaires – please raise our taxes.

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Public News Service - PA: Consumer Issues

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

Pennsylvania has more than 1,300 Christmas tree farms. (CBF Photo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – If you want to help the environment this Christmas, you might want to "get real" when you're shopping for a tree. Environmentalists point out artificial Christmas trees often end up as plastic waste in a landfill. And according to B.J. Small, director of media and communica

Medicare recipients may save hundreds by switching medical or prescription plans. (Money Images/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Medicare's annual open enrollment period is under way, a time for recipients to look at their options for medical and prescription drug plan coverage for the coming year. Pennsylvanians on Medicare have until Dec. 7 to decide to keep their current coverage or make changes.

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