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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Public News Service - Pennsylvania

MAP: A new report finds that raising the state’s minimum wage would actually create more jobs, and it says in some counties as many as thirty percent of employees would get a boost. Map by the Keystone Research Center.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Not only would raising the state's low-end pay not cost jobs, a new analysis finds a $10.10 Pennsylvania minimum wage actually would add thousands of jobs. Mark Price, an economist at the Keystone Research Center who did much of the research, says for years people assumed r...Read More

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PHOTO: The IRS won't collect up to $600 billion from dozens of U.S. multinational corporations using offshore tax havens, according to a new report from Citizens for Tax Justice. This one building in the Cayman Islands serves as the home address for nearly 19,000 corporate "headquarters," allowing the parent companies to shelter their profits. Photo courtesy of U.S. PIRG.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Congressional hearings in the past few years made headlines exposing how Apple and Microsoft moved money overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. But as a new report from Citizens for Tax Justice shows, these name-brand companies aren't alone. Matt Gardner, executive director...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A new report breaks down the ways the government is spending tax dollars. Graphic courtesy of the National Priorities Project.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Taxes are top of mind for many Pennsylvanians with today's tax-filing deadline, and a new analysis examines where exactly federal income tax dollars are going. The National Priorities Project crunched the numbers, and research director Lindsay Koshgarian said out of every federal ...Read More

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PHOTO: Some Philadelphia airport workers are protesting their employers' failure to meet the $12 per hour wage standard set by the city council. Photograph by Matt Stanley Photo.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – One of the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) workers fighting for $12 an hour says his current minimum wage pay is keeping him from having a decent life. Philadelphia’s mayor signed an executive order saying PHL workers should make $12 an hour, but some private...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the Food Research and Action Center says slightly more than 15 percent of Pennsylvanians risk going hungry and don't always have enough money to buy food. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - One Pennsylvanian in seven risks going hungry, according to a new report, and that number is higher in places such as Philadelphia. According to the national analysis from the Food Research and Action Center, slightly more than 15 percent of Pennsylvanians live with food hardship ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study of online records for just three states found fracking companies committed an average of two-and-a-half violations of drilling rules a day. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - On average, fracking companies commit more than two-and-a-half drilling violations a day, according to a new study drawn from just a small portion of available public record information. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) studied five years' worth of online reports for P...Read More

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PHOTO: Successful organizing SEIU folks such as Sam Williamson means security guards at most major Pittsburgh buildings should have their first union contracts this month. Photo courtesy of SEIU 32 BJ.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - About a thousand Pittsburgh security guards expect to have their first union contracts sometime this month. That after a successful nine-month organizing drive by the Service Employees International Union. Sam Williamson, the western Pennsylvania-area leader with SEIU 32 BJ, say...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A study that for the first time looks at the employment trends in online job listings says increasingly, employers want people with specialized, and often technical, degrees. Image credit: Dan Heyman.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Online job listings show a 'good news, bad news' employment picture for Pennsylvania. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has crunched the data from online postings for its new study of U.S. job trends. Lead author Tony Carnevale says during the reces...Read More

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