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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2018 


Students send a stern message to President Trump on guns. Also on our nationwide rundown: One expert's view of why canceling student-loan debt would boost the economy; plus the Trump budget calls for a 90-percent cut to a decades-old public lands program.

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The court ordered that new congressional district lines be set by Feb. 19. (61-1099lm/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Election law advocates say the state Supreme Court's ruling declaring Pennsylvania's congressional map unconstitutional was the first of its kind in the nation. On Monday, the court said the map created by Republicans in 2011 was drawn to discriminate against Democrats. W

Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District is considered an extreme example of gerrymandering. (U.S. Department of the Interior/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state's highest court Wednesday heard arguments in a case that could redraw congressional districts in Pennsylvania. Eighteen Democratic voters, one from each of the state's congressional districts, argued that the gerrymandering of their districts has been so extreme i

If successful, the lawsuit could change voting district lines before the 2018 election. (Tom Prete/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could result in a new election district map in the Keystone State. Experts say Pennsylvania has one of the most gerrymandered congressional and legislative district maps in the country. Although voters are pretty evenly divided bet

Analysts say the House budget cuts $5.8 trillion from Medicare, Medicaid, education and other public services over 10 years. (MotionStudios/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA -- Labor leaders say the House budget resolution that was passed last week would give huge tax breaks to the rich by cutting programs that help the poor and middle class. The Republican budget would cut almost $6 trillion from Medicare, Medicaid, education, infrastructure and other cr

The Delaware River Basin is the source of drinking water for 17 million people. (Perkons/Pixabay)

NEWTOWN, Pa. -- Conservationists say a resolution passed Wednesday by the Delaware River Basin Commission makes no sense. The DRBC adopted a resolution calling for a ban of fracking for natural gas within the Delaware watershed, giving environmental groups a solid victory. But according to Maya va

Advocates warn that education funding could be cut by $1 billion this school year. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A wide-raging coalition of organizations took to the Capitol rotunda on Monday to warn of possible cuts if legislators don't finalize Pennsylvania's budget in the next few days. The spending plan went into effect on July 1, and the state Senate passed a bipartisan measure t

Critics of the AHCA claim it would put health insurance out of reach for many cancer patients and survivors. (Bill Branson/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Make health insurance equal to or better than it is today: That's the message Gov. Tom Wolf is being asked to deliver to federal lawmakers. A select group of governors is speaking with Senate leadership this week about the American Health Care Act, the bill passed by the House to

The Budget Day of Action rally is scheduled for noon Monday in Harrisburg. (DEZALB/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A nonpartisan coalition of labor, education, religious and civic groups is holding a tele-town hall meeting Thursday to discuss the latest developments in state budget negotiations. The budget is due at the end of June, but negotiations have been slow. The state is facing a

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