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    PNS Daily News - October 5, 20150 

    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; the fight continues in support of public lands; New York steps up bail reform efforts; and a Southern City examines an unconventional approach to the problem of homelessness.

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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

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Negotiations on public employee pension reform remain stalled.  Credit: Ad Meskens/

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Wolf this summer vetoed a bill that would have radically altered the public employees' pension fund, but Republican state senators say they're still committed to the bill. Negotiations on a compromise remain stalled. Economist Stephen Herzenberg, who heads the Ke...Read More

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Pennsylvania is the second largest natural gas producing state in the country. Credit: Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons.

PITTSBURGH – Proposed rules on methane emissions are a good start, but don't go far enough. That's the message from environmentalists to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In comments to the agency at a public hearing in Pittsburgh today, advocates say the rules as written would not ap...Read More

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Commercial office cleaners in many eastern U.S. cities are currently negotiating new contracts. Courtesy: SEIU Local 32BJ.

PHILADELPHIA – As many as 2,000 janitors will converge on Philadelphia on Wednesday to rally for what they consider good jobs and fair contracts. More than 75,000 office cleaners from Massachusetts to Virginia are bargaining for contracts this year. Juanita Acree, a member of local 32BJ of th...Read More

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Pope Francis also has visited prisoners in Italy and Bolivia. Credit: Benhur Arcayan/

PHILADELPHIA - Pope Francis will visit a Philadelphia prison Sunday, drawing attention to mass incarceration and the need for criminal-justice reform. Philadelphia pioneered prison reform as early as the 18th century. Ann Schwartzman, executive director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, which was...Read More

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether the state is meeting its constitutional requirement to provide a thorough and efficient system of public education. Credit: Ad Meskens/Wikipedia.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A lawsuit challenging state funding for public education is going to Pennsylvania's highest court. According to a coalition of parents, school districts and statewide organizations, the Pennsylvania Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional obligation to adequately a...Read More

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Family members in Pennsylvania provide care for loved ones worth an estimated $19.2 billion annually. Courtesy: AARP.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Seniors rallied in the Capitol Rotunda this morning, urging senators to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act (CARE). Currently, 1.6 million Pennsylvanians are serving as unpaid caregivers for family members. According to Desiree Hung at AARP Pennsylvania, the bil...Read More

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A Pennsylvania state plan to reduce carbon pollution is due in Sept. 2016. Credit: Emilian Robert Vicol/Pixabay.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The first of 14 "listening sessions" on implementing the federal Clean Power Plan was held in Harrisburg on Tuesday evening. Environmentalists, concerned citizens and representatives of the coal, gas and nuclear industries lined up to express their hopes and concerns about h...Read More

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