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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.

Public News Service - Pennsylvania

PHOTO: The number of jobs in the solar industry is growing at blazing pace, according to an annual census of solar employment. Photo courtesy of the World Resource Institute.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Job growth in the solar industry is blazing nationally, although cooling a bit in Pennsylvania. An annual census by The Solar Foundation found the number of jobs in the industry up by nearly a quarter over the year before and up nearly 90 percent since 2010. Andrea Luecke, presid...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses a U.S. Census Bureau calculator that factors in assistance programs, instead of the standard federal poverty measurement. And there's good news for Pennsylvania, with 359,000 fewer children in poverty. Photo credit: pixabay.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The measuring tool for poverty has been recalibrated, and the new calculation tells a success story for Pennsylvania. A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses a U.S. Census Bureau calculator that factors in state-and-federal assistance programs, something that the official...Read More

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PHOTO: A new analysis of police records shows thousands of stop-and-frisk instances by Philadelphia police each year are legally unjustified. Photo courtesy ACLU of Pennsylvania.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - More than a third of Philadelphia police stop-and-frisk instances are "not legally justified," according to a new analysis by the ACLU of Pennsylvania. The organization has been monitoring the city's compliance with a 2011 court order. Senior staff attorney Mary Catherine Roper sa...Read More

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GRAPH: Pennsylvannia's electricity generation is already moving rapidly away from coal, the fuel that emits the most carbon. Graph by the Georgetown Climate Center, based on 2013 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Cutting carbon pollution from power plants shouldn't threaten electrical reliability according to the folks whose job it was to keep the grid humming in past years. Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to cut existing power plant greenhouse gas emissions warn it...Read More

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PHOTO: A witness who fled Monday's huge derailment and explosion in West Virginia says it has changed how he looks at rail shipment of crude oil. Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A witness who fled Monday's train derailment and massive fire in West Virginia says he can't help but wonder now if he and his neighbors are safe from trains carrying crude oil. Iraq War veteran Brandon Truman lives in Boomer, W. Va., directly across the river from where the...Read More

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MAP: Dominion and its partners are surveying route for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline and many landowners object. It's one of three proposed pipelines intended to carry gas from Marcellus and Utica fields. Map courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Dominion Energy and partners are running into intense resistance in their efforts to survey for a huge pipeline intended to carry Marcellus and Utica natural gas. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has provoked intense opposition from landowners. Pen Goodall's sheep farm is straddling t...Read More

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PHOTO: The number of calls to poison control centers about electronic cigarette incidents more than doubled last year, which has prompted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to call on the Food and Drug Administration to finalize regulations. Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WASHINGTON – The number of calls to poison control centers about electronic cigarette incidents more than doubled last year (compared with 2013), according to new data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Children under age six were the victims in more than half the cases...Read More

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PHOTO: As a hunger-fighting strategy, the number of children getting breakfast in school is rising, but the figures in Pennsylvania are rising very slowly, according to a new national report. Photo courtesy Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The number of kids getting breakfast at school has been rising nationally, but Pennsylvania has seen only a slight improvement. A new report from the Food Research and Action Center shows a small increase in the number of children in need who have breakfast at school - less than a...Read More

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