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As Congress and presidential candidates trade accusations over immigration reform, advocates and experts urge caution in spreading misinformation; Alabama takes new action IVF policy following controversial court decision; and central states urge caution with wildfires brewing.

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Congress reaches a deal to avoid a partial government shutdown again. Arizona Republicans want to ensure Trump remains on their state ballot and Senate Democrats reintroduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

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Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania voters with disabilities now have the opportunity to mark their absentee or mail-in ballot electronically. (Darylann Elmi/Adobe Stock)

Friday, March 1, 2024

Getting word out to PA voters about mail-in, absentee ballots

With Pennsylvania's primary election less than 60 days away, a nonpartisan group is stepping up the pace to educate people on voting by mail and by …

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Fuel switching to hydrogen for high-temperature processes is a significant decarbonization lever and is applied to 60% of emissions after efficiency by 2050, according to a report from Strategen Consulting. (Antony Weerut/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Report: A roadmap for industrial decarbonization in PA

Pennsylvania is a major source of greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S. A new study has identified a path for its industries to reduce their …

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Last year, the Biden-Harris administration announced $196 million in grants for 37 pipeline modernization projects in 19 states, including Pennsylvania. (MaxSafaniuk/Adobe Stock)<br />

Monday, February 26, 2024

Advocates push for swift update of gas pipeline safety rules

Pennsylvania environmental groups want to see a new rule implemented to improve the detection and repair of leaks from gas pipelines. The Keystone …

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation educators, with students on a field trip, explore the Susquehanna River at City Island. The Capitol building is in the background. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)
PA students gain hands-on experience in watershed conservation

It is almost time for some Pennsylvania students to get out of the classroom and into a canoe. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Pennsylvania Rivers …

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The average Pennsylvanian uses about 62 gallons of water a day, at a cost of about 30 cents a day. <br />(Maridav/Adobe Stock)
PAWC rate hike proposal would affect 770,000 PA households

If Pennsylvania American Water gets its latest rate hike, more than 770,000 water and wastewater customers in 37 counties would be affected. For now…

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The American Climate Corps will reflect a comprehensive approach to tackling climate change across the country. (Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)
Climate Corps could open doors to job opportunities in Appalachian PA

The American Climate Corps seeks to create 20,000 jobs related to conservation, climate issues and clean energy. The program originated by the Biden …

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Educators voice concern PA school voucher programs 'discriminate'

Pennsylvania's teachers' union is voicing concerns that the state's public school voucher program will negatively affect public education in lower-inc…

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Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who do not. (Georgerudy/AdobeStock)
Expert tips to prevent cavities for Children's Dental Health Month

During Children's Dental Health Month in February, parents are encouraged to establish good oral health habits early on so kids can avoid dental …

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Hispanic adults are the fastest-growing group in Pennsylvania, and in 2022 had a college-degree attainment rate of 29.7%. (Brastock Images/Adobe Stock)
PA nears 60% college degree attainment goal, but work remains

Pennsylvania lags only slightly behind national figures for the number of working-age adults who have earned college degrees or other professional cer…

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A 2024-2025 budget proposal from Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro includes $100 million in mental health funding for K-12 schools, building upon one-time federal funds, to ensure schools have the resources to provide mental health services to students and staff. (Prostock-studio/Adobe Stock)
PSEA applauds Gov. Shapiro's record budget proposal for public schools

Looking to tackle inequitable education funding across the state, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro has unveiled a new budget plan, including a major …

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Pennsylvania offers online, mail-in and in-person options to register to vote, including at PennDOT driver's license centers. (KilmerMedia/Adobe Stock)
Group pushes to register 60,000 new voters in Pennsylvania

The Keystone State's primary election is less than 90 days away, and a nonpartisan, grassroots organization is already getting the word out to …

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A new report reveals one in four rural workers would see his or her pay increase if Pennsylvania's minimum wage were increased to $15 per hour in 2026. (Flamingo Images/Adobe Stock)
Report: 1.34 million PA workers would benefit from higher minimum wage

A new report has shed light on who would benefit most in Pennsylvania from raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. More than 1.3 million …

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