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PHOTO: Will the new members of Congress be all 'wind power' when it comes to taking meaningful action on climate change? A new poll, in Pennsylvania and five other states, says voters are expecting more from them. Photo credit: Allan Appel.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – When the new Congress is inaugurated in January, Pennsylvania voters of all political persuasions are hoping for action on clean and renewable energy, according to a Hart Research poll commissioned by the Sierra Club. The state already has several programs in place, such a...Read More

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PHOTO: Educators say Pennsylvania's incoming governor will have a chance to undo funding cuts that have hurt student achievement. Photo montage courtesy of the National Education Association.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Incoming Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf faces big budget problems, but educators say he at least received a clear mandate from voters to reverse damaging cuts to schools. Retired Pittsburgh public school teacher Mike Crossey, now president of the Pennsylvania State Education Assoc...Read More

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PHOTO: AARP says more should be done to recognize and support unpaid family caregivers. Photo courtesy of AARP.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - November is National Family Caregivers Month. More than 2.5 million Pennsylvanians care for aging or ill parents or spouses at home. For many, this means the family can stay together instead of being separated, with one of them in a costly and often distant institution. Estimates ...Read More

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PHOTO: The Upper Big Branch mine disaster has resulted in criminal charges against former Massey CEO Don Blankenship, which is causing people to again ask how we can make our mines safer. Photo of a UBB memorial service courtesy of the West Virginia Governor's office.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Criminal charges against former Massey CEO Don Blankenship have returned attention to a basic question: How can America's coal mines be made safer? Blankenship stands accused in connection to the 2010 tragedy at Upper Big Branch where 29 miners died. Ellen Smith, editor o...Read More

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PHOTO: Programs and services that work in tandem to help both children and parents in low-income households are the most effective at building strong families, according to a new report. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - New research shows the best way to help lower-income families become stronger is to provide programs that focus on both children and their parents. The new Annie E. Casey Foundation report called it a "two-generation" approach to fighting poverty. Patrice Cromwell, the foundation'...Read More

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PHOTO: Growing numbers of veterans are choosing Community Health Centers for at least some of their medical care, and these local clinics also are reaching out to them as potential hires. Photo credit: Gene Chutka/iStockphoto.

SCRANTON, Pa. - Community Health Centers are booming, and they've made a commitment to reach out to veterans - whether they're in need of health care or looking for a career. Community Health Centers are clinics that see patients no matter their insurance status or ability to pay. Three years ago, ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study shows efforts are stalling to connect more children with health care in the Keystone State. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new report indicates efforts to connect more children to health care coverage seems to have stalled in Pennsylvania, and across the nation. Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, is one of the authors of the Children's Coverage at a Cr...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the Human Rights Watch, children even younger than the 15-year-old seen here are working in American's tobacco fields. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Children half the smoking age for Pennsylvania are actually laboring in America's tobacco fields, according to new reports. It's hard to tell how many or how old they are. But an Oxfam America/Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) study found many workers in North Carolina tobacco...Read More

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