PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 

Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 

Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Archive: October 26, 2015

The mentally ill may wait years in jail for court-ordered competency restoration treatment. Credit: TryJimmy/

PHILADELPHIA - The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of mentally-ill prisoners held in Pennsylvania jails while awaiting treatment. Criminal courts often order mentally ill criminal defendants who cannot understand the proceedings to undergo treatment to restore their competence. Accord ...Read More

4,800 tons of coal ash a day would travel by barge on the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers. Credit: Dave Gingrich/Wikimedia Commons

PITTSBURGH – Environmentalists are challenging a permit that would allow more coal ash to be shipped to a toxic waste dump in western Pennsylvania. The Department of Environmental Protection has granted the permit allowing 48-hundred tons of ash a day to be shipped to a closed landfill in Gr ...Read More

The Commonwealth is not resting on its laurels. It just ranked tops in the nation on the ACEEE Energy Efficiency and next week a new plan will be filed to save consumers even more. Courtesy: Mass DOER

BOSTON – For the fifth year running, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks Massachusetts first in the nation for policies and practices that make the state cleaner and more energy efficient. Arah Schuur, director of the Energy Efficiency Division of the Massachusetts Dep ...Read More

Andrew Cuomo is the first governor in the country to issue statewide regulations banning discrimination based on gender identity.  Credit: Pat Arnow/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has moved to ban harassment and discrimination against transgender people in New York. The governor announced his executive action at a dinner hosted by Empire State Pride Agenda, or ESPA, late last week. Among other things, the state's Human Rights Law bans di ...Read More

A teal pumpkin indicates a food allergy-safe stop for trick-or-treaters. Courtesy of FARE<br /><br />

INDIANAPOLIS – Halloween can be more tricks than treats for children suffering from food allergies. So some Indiana homes are joining others around the nation to make trick-or-treating a safe and inclusive experience by pledging to pass out non-food items. An estimated 1-in-13 children suf ...Read More

Free online retirement health care costs calculator now available in Spanish. Credit: AARP of California
Available In Spanish

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Latinos age 65 and older are twice as likely as whites to live in poverty, and Latinos 80 and older are the fastest growing segment of retirees in California, according to a new report from the University of California Berkeley. So the AARP has just released a new tool t ...Read More

Ohio groups say a higher severance tax is needed on fracking in Ohio. Credit: Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's development of oil and gas extraction from fracking has exploded in recent years, leaving local communities carrying the costs associated with the boom. The state's tax rate on oil and gas is less than a half percent, much lower than in other oil and gas states. Ohi ...Read More

Coal miner. Credit: joebelanger/iStock

BILLINGS, Mont. - Environmental groups are speaking out about Montana Attorney General Tim Fox's decision to join a lawsuit that would block the "carbon rule" section of President Obama's Clean Power Plan. On Friday, Montana joined 23 other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency sayi ...Read More

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