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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 

    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Public News Service - Pennsylvania

Governor Wolf is calling for a $377 million increase in K-12 funding for this year. (Gov. Tom Wolf/

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Teachers are praising Gov. Tom Wolf's stand on education funding. In December the governor line-item vetoed all but six months of school funding in the budget passed by the Legislature. In his budget address next week he will ask lawmakers to include the $377 million increase for t...Read More

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Shorter winters are making Pennsylvania uninhabitable for the snowshoe hare, according to a new report. (National Wildlife Federation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's state tree, state fish and state bird could disappear from the commonwealth altogether by the end of this century, according to a new study that says it's happening right now. A mini-report by the National Wildlife Federation says every decade the state gets a litt...Read More

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Organizations issue fair budget recommendations at the State Capitol on Tuesday. (Bestbudbrian/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Education advocates, environmentalists and human services organizations are calling on the governor and General Assembly to pass a "Budget for Pennsylvania's Future." The groups are issuing a joint letter today saying the 2016 - 2017 budget needs to fairly raise taxes to adequat...Read More

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About 275 members of the Pennsylvania clergy have signed a letter condemning ICE raids. (New Santuary Movement)

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia City Council on Thursday passed a resolution condemning recent deportation raids by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The resolution, introduced by Councilwomen Maria Quinones Sanchez and Helen Gym, comes just two weeks after Mayor Jim Kenney reins...Read More

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Some defendants have waited more than a year in jail for court ordered treatment. (Jumilla/

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has agreed to make sweeping changes in the delivery of mental health services to mentally ill persons facing criminal charges. The agreement, approved Wednesday, settles a federal class action lawsuit filed last October on behalf of hundreds of criminal defenda...Read More

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision grants parole or re-sentencing hearings to people sentenced to life in prison without parole when they were juveniles. (Kconnors/morguefile)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday is expected to bring relief to thousands of people serving life sentences in prison for crimes they committed as children. The high court made retroactive a 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles, clearin...Read More

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Asbestos was used extensively in construction, shipbuilding and steel mills. (Joey Gannon/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A bill affecting compensation claims by Pennsylvanians suffering from asbestos-related diseases is scheduled for a key committee vote in the state Legislature. Asbestos has been known for decades to cause diseases like mesothelioma, a kind of cancer. Victims of industrial exposure...Read More

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The industry reported almost 115,000 tons of methane emissions in 2014. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmental advocates are praising Gov. Tom Wolf's proposals for new rules to curb methane pollution as an important step toward protecting the health of all Pennsylvanians. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and accompanying pollutants can have serious health consequences for ...Read More

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