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    PNS Daily News - June 29, 20160 

    We’re covering stories from around the world on today’s update, including: an attack at an airport in Istanbul leaves more than 30 people dead; some see a challenge in getting out the Latino youth vote, but now there’s an app for that; and could we soon see the end of the death penalty in the U.S.? One lawyer says it’s inevitable.

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Advocates say coal-leasing reform must take climate change into account. (Sierra Club)

PITTSBURGH -- Community leaders, environmentalists and public health advocates rallied in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, calling on the U.S. Department of Interior to reform the federal coal-leasing program. During a public listening session, they said the program is broken, outdated and ignores the threat ...Read More

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House Bill 1948 would limit abortions after 20 weeks and ban one procedure. (Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday on a Texas law restricting access to abortion services calls the constitutionality of similar laws, including Pennsylvania's, into question. The 5-to-3 ruling found that two key provisions of the Texas law impose an "undue burden...Read More

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A cost effective clean power plan would save Pennsylvania households an average $1,880 over the next 15 years. (Rennett Stowe/

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Implementing a clean power plan could cut carbon emissions and save Pennsylvania consumers money, according to a new study by the Georgia Institute of Technology. Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan maintain that enforcing mandatory red...Read More

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A tie ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't set a legal precedent, but immigrants' rights advocates say it is a setback for many trying to remain in this country. (Kjetil Ree/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA – Immigration advocates are denouncing the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday on immigration policy. The justices' 4-to-4 tie vote allows an appeals court decision blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration to stand. The president's Deferred Action pl...Read More

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The EPA has not finalized methane emission rules for exiting sources. (Gerry Dincher/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Methane is a potent greenhouse gas leaked by hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas production. And a new report from the Center for American Progress pinpoints the who's who of methane pollution in Pennsylvania and throughout the Appalachian Basin. The Center says 11...Read More

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Pennsylvania has dropped from 19th to 22nd in children's economic well-being. (Spot Us/

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania continues to fall in an annual ranking of states for the overall well-being of children. The Commonwealth dropped one place to 18th among all states in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2016 Kids Count Data Book, measuring economic, educational and health status. Accor...Read More

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Agricultural runoff is the biggest source of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. (Nicholas/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is falling behind in its efforts to clean up water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are supposed to achieve 60 percent of court ordered Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals by 2017. But according to Harry Campbell, exec...Read More

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Pennsylvania’s prison population grew 12 percent and crime decreased 23 percent, according to a new national report, between 2006 and 2014. (Marduk/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa.- A new analysis shows Pennsylvania is out of step with most states that are reducing their crime rates. Between 2006 and 2014, 27 states lowered their prison populations and saw their crime rates go down. Crime decreased in Pennsylvania in that period too, but the prison populatio...Read More

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