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    PNS Daily News - May 26, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; several U.S. senators want more funding for Amtrak following the derailment near Philadelphia that killed eight people; in California, Oakland City Council considers enacting far reaching privacy rules; and a report on an Ag Gag bill in North Carolina.

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PHOTO: The Senate Appropriations Committee gets back to work on Amtrak's budget, and Senators from the Northeast Corridor say the issue not only impacts train safety, but traffic jams as well. Photo credit - National Transportation Safety Board.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - As folks head back to work after the holiday, Senators along the Northeast corridor say the rails would be a whole lot safer and the roads less clogged if Amtrak were properly funded. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy says Japan's Bullet train hurtles along at 200 miles per hour ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that about one in five kids in the Pennsylvania child-welfare system doesn't live with a family, but in a group or institutional setting. It says more should be done to change that. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania needs to do more to find families for children in the child-welfare system, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. About 14,000 kids are in state foster care. The report found that one in five - well above the national average - doesn't live with ...Read More

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PHOTO: Natalie Reyes, a pregnant woman from Honduras, told a reporter she is walking to the U.S. because she feels she can't remain safely in her home country. Photo credit: Joseph Sorrentino.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A crackdown in Mexico backed by the United States is making Central American refugees more vulnerable - and not keeping them from trying to come north. An investigation in the magazine "In These Times" says when large numbers of Central American children showed up in the U.S. las...Read More

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PHOTO: A state Senate plan to shift to privatized public employee pensions would be a bad deal for retirees and would ultimately would leave Pennsylvania taxpayers on the hook, analysts say. Picture courtesy of the state of Pennsylvania.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Privatized pensions - such as those pressed by state Senate leaders - actually have higher fees and lower returns, analysts say. The Republican lawmakers say they won't approve a state budget until Gov. Tom Wolf accepts their plan for dealing with Pennsylvania's $50 billion pensio...Read More

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PHOTO: Some Pennsylvania teachers are sharply critical of legislative leaders they say are holding the state budget hostage in partisan push to privatize pensions and cut benefits. Photo courtesy of the PSEA.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Some teachers in Pennsylvania say Republican legislative leaders should get their knuckles rapped for using debt problems, created by many of those same lawmakers, to threaten public pensions. Economic analysts say tax cuts and reductions in state pension contributions have made...Read More

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PHOTO: The ACLU of Pennsylvania says a settlement in a class action suit it helped bring should mean the hiring of more minority police officers in Pittsburgh, ease somewhat strained relations in the city and prevent problems such as those seen recently in Baltimore. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia/VOA.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new agreement on Pittsburgh police hiring is designed to mean more minority officers - and the Pennsylvania ACLU says that should ease the chance of future conflicts. Plaintiffs and the city have settled a class action suit over charges that the selection process was biased agai...Read More

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PHOTO: A study of state nursing home workers has found many donít make enough to live on, and they have to rely on outside income including public assistance. Picture courtesy of the Service Employees International Union.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - According to a new study, Pennsylvania taxpayers are essentially paying twice for some poverty wages at state nursing homes. Stephen Herzenberg, executive director with the Keystone Research Center, says their new study found the private nursing home industry pays nurses' aids a...Read More

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IMAGE: Public health advocates, environmental groups and chemical workers' unions all say an industry-backed bill changing the way the federal government regulates dangerous chemicals doesn't do enough to protect Pennsylvania families. Image credit: Wikimedia.

HERMITAGE, Pa. - An industry-backed bill changing the way the federal government regulates dangerous chemicals won't do enough to protect Pennsylvania families, a coalition of consumer watchdogs say. Senate Bill 697, also known as the Vitter-Udall bill, is being considered by a Senate committee ...Read More

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