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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Public News Service - Pennsylvania

GRAPH: Millions of American jobs have been lost to trade with China, including tens of thousands in Pennsylvania. Graphic courtesy of the Economic Policy Institute.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — International trade is promoted as a job creator – and it is – but it's all about where the jobs are created. A meeting of Chinese and United States representatives is taking place this week (Dec. 16-18) in Chicago, and the topic is the trade relationship between ...Read More

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PHOTO: AARP of Pennsylvania has a Fraud Watch website that's available to all consumers to learn how to prevent fraud, which is especially high during the holidays. Graphic courtesy AARP of Pennsylvania.

PHILADELPHIA - December is a time to make merry, and scammers have their own ideas for how to celebrate at others' expense. Mary Bach, who chairs AARP's Consumer Issues Task Force in Pennsylvania, said the organization has initiated a Fraud Watch Network to counteract them. "There are lots and lot...Read More

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PHOTO: This graphic shows a complex hiring process that federal investigators say has resulted in problems with workers in the Marcellus Shale being properly paid. Illustration courtesy of U.S. Department of Labor.

PITTSBURGH - About 5,300 workers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia who work in the fracked gas industry of the Marcellus Shale have received back wages totaling $4.5 million. The two-year investigation revealed the problem stems mainly from the fact that a few big employers at the top contract and ...Read More

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PHOTO: U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been outspoken in his disgust with the CIA interrogation tactics used following the Sept. 11 attacks. Photo courtesy Sen. McCain's office.

WASHINGTON - The fallout continues on Capitol Hill about this week's release of a report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on CIA interrogation practices. Sen. John McCain is among those condemning the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques" used on some terrorist suspects following the Sept. ...Read More

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Philadelphia Eagles mascot Swoop delivers healthy food to the Coalition Against Hunger. Credit: Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Eagles just wrapped up a month-long online food drive in which fans could purchase healthy foods of their choice that will stock two sites known as Green Light Pantries. Laura Wall, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says ...Read More

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Cindy Dunn of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future calls on incoming Gov. Tom Wolf to implement a strong Clean Power Plan for the state. Credit: PennFuture

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Governor-elect Tom Wolf will take office in time to oversee implementation of the Clean Power Plan, initiated by the Obama administration but developed by each state to address its own energy mix. Cindy Dunn, president and CEO with Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, says the plan...Read More

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PHOTO: Walmart workers are continuing their push for labor rights on Black Friday this year, when Pennsylvania will see several protests as part of a national mobilization. Photo courtesy of AFL-CIO.

PHILADELPHIA - Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has long been known as the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Lately, Black Friday has also become known for something else - a day when workers demand better wages and working conditions. Nick Alpers, mobilization coordinator with the ...Read More

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PHOTO: Will the new members of Congress be all 'wind power' when it comes to taking meaningful action on climate change? A new poll, in Pennsylvania and five other states, says voters are expecting more from them. Photo credit: Allan Appel.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – When the new Congress is inaugurated in January, Pennsylvania voters of all political persuasions are hoping for action on clean and renewable energy, according to a Hart Research poll commissioned by the Sierra Club. The state already has several programs in place, such a...Read More

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