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PHOTO: The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project says a Yale study found more than a dozen health impacts in up to 40 percent of residents interviewed about nearby fracking wells in Western Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Joshua B. Probanic/Public Herald.

BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. - As natural gas drilling pads, pipelines and compressor stations spring up around the state, groups of parents calling themselves Protect Our Children are hoping for at least a one-mile buffer between infrastructure and schools and playgrounds. Penni Lechner, a mother in Summit ...Read More

PHOTO: Television viewers may find public TV stations serving diverse communities in their markets disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: M. Scheerer.

NEW YORK – As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's air ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Tom Corbett is among governors in seven states who are mentioned in a new report about outsourcing billions of dollars in state services to private contractors. Photo credit: Lucidology/iStockphoto.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Shrinking government has meant shifting responsibilities to private industry in some states, and Gov. Tom Corbett is one of seven governors taken to task in a new report that correlates these outsourcing decisions with major campaign donors and mixed results for taxpayers. In Corb ...Read More

PHOTO: Elementary school student Lev Goldman spoke at Health-o-Ween, a Halloween-themed campaign aimed at ethnic communities, with information on free and low-cost health coverage launched with an event in Framingham Wednesday in advance of the upcoming open enrollment period. Photo courtesy Health Care For All.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – What's scarier than a child without medical insurance? Not much, say the folks behind the Halloween-themed public launch of an enrollment drive held Wednesday in Framingham. Pumpkins were the decorations at the news event where health insurance was the treat and getting ...Read More

PHOTO: About 100 workers from Boston University marched during rush hour Wednesday to press for a cost-of-living increase and health care benefits. Photo credit: E. Villasante.

BOSTON – Rush hour found workers from Boston University marching down Commonwealth Avenue Wednesday, pressing for action on their soon-to-expire contract. Roxana Rivera, director of the property service workers union 32BJ SEIU District 615, says among the 100 who marched were custodians, mai ...Read More

PHOTO: A staffer from State Sen. Jack Martins' office exchanged words with several dozen Long Islanders who delivered so-called "Road Block Awards" to the senator's office in Mineola. Photo credit: Elana Levin/Make the Road Action Fund.

NEW YORK - Several dozen Long Island women, parents, workers and immigrants showed up at State Senator Jack Martins' office Wednesday to deliver so-called "Road Block Awards." Andrea Miller, president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, says Martins is voting in lockstep with GOP leadership in the state ...Read More

PHOTO: A new state law underscores the need for drivers in Connecticut to give right of way to those not in a vehicle. Photo courtesy of Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

HARTFORD, Conn. – It's a new law that underscores the need for local drivers to yield the right of way to those sharing Connecticut roads on bikes, using wheelchairs and on foot. Careless drivers injure hundreds of people in the state each year, says Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike ...Read More

PHOTO: Maine could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana use by 2016, according to advocates who have gotten pro-pot initiatives on the ballot in Lewiston and South Portland next month. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington and legalize recreational marijuana use by 2016, according to advocates who have gotten pro-pot initiatives on the ballot in two Maine cities next month. Voters in Lewiston and South Portland will be able to cas ...Read More

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