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    PNS Weekend Update - August 29, 20150 

    Our news today feature a variety of stories including: a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Erika; hunger a growing problem among older Americans; and Stephanie Carson reports on an effort ensure workers get the money they deserve.

Public News Service - Pennsylvania

Schools are opening with no state dollars as the budget impasse continues. Credit:

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The budget impasse between Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican legislators has schools scrambling to keep their doors open. Some school districts are borrowing money while others are cutting courses, increasing class size and furloughing teachers, said Mike Crossey, president of the Penn...Read More

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Security guards in Pittsburgh demand better pay and training. Credit: SEIU 32BJ

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - University of Pittsburgh students soon will be headed back to school but campus security guards there say for them it's back to poverty. At less than $9 an hour, security guards at the university are among the lowest paid in the city. This morning, dozens of guards and their sup...Read More

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Advocates for the parents of non-English-speaking children are suing the School District of Philadelphia over translation services. Credit: Aryo T. Handono/USAID

PHILADELPHIA - A federal class-action lawsuit claims that thousands of non-English-speaking parents in Philadelphia are being denied the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the special-education process. Parental involvement is critical to meeting the needs of children with learning disabili...Read More

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Production of Chinese coal mines and the use of coal by power plants fell by as much as 3.5 percent last year and looks likely to continue falling. Photo by Peter Van den Bossche/Wikimedia.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – China's use of coal fell last year and looks likely to keep falling. The U.S. coal lobby argues that any reduction in American carbon pollution will be swallowed up by more CO2 from China. But after decades of explosive growth, Chinese coal use fell by as much as 3.5 perc...Read More

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A new poll of Latino voters finds them focused on environmental issues, and likely to support candidates more protective of the environment. Chart by Latino Decisions.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Latino voters are as focused on protecting the environment as they are on immigration reform, according to a new poll. The national survey done for Earthjustice and the advocacy group GreenLatinos found 4 out of 5 very concerned about clean air, clean water and climate chan...Read More

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A new process is designed not to use any surface water at all to frack gas wells. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new process that could be suitable for some Pennsylvania gas wells uses no water for hydraulic fracturing. One big criticism of fracking is that drillers typically inject millions of gallons of surface water into each well. Doug McMillan, senior vice president of operat...Read More

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Pipeline opponents want regulators to thin out duplicate pipeline proposals that would carry Marcellus and Utica gas to markets in the east. Photo by the Dominion Monitoring Coalition.

PITTSBURGH – Opponents of pipeline construction want federal regulators to say which of several near-identical natural gas pipelines don't have to be built. Energy companies are asking to build three 42-inch gas pipelines to carry Utica and Marcellus shale natural gas to eastern markets. Att...Read More

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The American Lung Association is among the many health groups that say tougher pollution standards are a big step toward cleaner air in the U.S., especially for low-income residents who live near dirty power plants. Photo courtesy Sierra Club.

PHILADELPHIA - Since the Clean Air Act of 1970, America's air has gotten cleaner, but the American Lung Association's 2015 State of the Air report finds that 44 percent of the nation still lives where pollution levels are too often dangerous to breath. That's more than 138 million Americans. Ent...Read More

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