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    PNS Daily New - October 6, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: the TPP has been dubbed the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, but there are concerns when it comes to American jobs and health; a big vote in the Keystone State impacting education; and workers turn out to be the largest group to benefit from Medicaid expansion.

Public News Service - Northeast

Past cuts to school funding have hit poor school districts in Pennsylvania the hardest. Credit: Cole Stivers/Pixabay.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – On Wednesday the state House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a package of revenue sources that could help restore past cuts to education funding. Budget cuts imposed on education in 2011 have made educational inequality worse in the state. According to Deborah Go ...Read More

Supporters vow to continue the fight for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Credit: Erin McDaniel via Wikimedia Commons

AUGUSTA, Maine – Last week, for the first time in 50 years, Congress did not reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Local supporters say the fund is down, but not out. Stephanie Clement, conservation director of the environmental group Friends of Acadia, calls the fund an impor ...Read More

Forty percent of prisoners on Riker's Island are there because they can't afford bail. Credit: Cdogsimmons/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - New York state is taking a serious look at reforming bail for criminal defendants. Last week the state's chief judge said he will institute several changes including encouraging judges to set bail at affordable levels, reviewing bail amounts within 10 days of arraignment, and retraining j ...Read More

Mary Bochanis first volunteered at Walter Reed Army Hospital in the 1940s. Credit: U.S. Army/

BALTIMORE - A 90-year-old who still volunteers her time and teenaged twins who created a service to help elderly neighbors are being honored today by AARP Maryland. Mary Bochanis, who has been helping care for wounded soldiers since World War II, is this year's recipient of AARP's statewide award f ...Read More

New York state officials launch a new program aimed at helping veterans and immigrants adjust to American society. Credit: liensca/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Just as immigrants often have difficulty integrating into American society, military veterans sometimes have trouble reintegrating. Now both groups are teaming up to support each other through a new program launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Military vets will be recruited to help newcom ...Read More

Heavy metals in power-plant wastewater can contaminate waterways. Credit: SusanUtley/

PITTSBURGH - Environmentalists are calling new rules for contaminated wastewater from coal-fired steam power plants a victory. The rules finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week set the first limits on the levels of toxic metals in discharged water. The old rules, last update ...Read More

Rising numbers of new syphilis cases across New York has led to speculation about the causes for the outbreak. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syphilis cases are on the rise in New York, with a 160 percent increase between 2010 and 2014, according to state health officials. Some regions are seeing more new cases than others, including central New York, with a 111 percent uptick between 2012 and 2013. K. Daniel Reed ...Read More

New York State officials are awarding $175 million to five companies for their renewable energy projects. Credit: Luke Partridge/

ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration has awarded $175 million to five new, large-scale clean energy projects. Officials say the projects will help New York meet its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and relying less on fossil fuels. Peter Constantakes with the New Yo ...Read More

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