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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

2020Talks - September 18, 2020 

Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Archive: December 15, 2015

Tobacco companies' efforts to make smoking look cool mean outspending smoking prevention efforts by about 145 to one. (Alvimann/morguefile)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington ranks among the worst states in the country for not funding the efforts to help smokers quit and prevent teens from starting. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' new report says tobacco companies spend $145 marketing their products for every dollar Washington spen ...Read More

More than 18 percent of high school youth in Pennsylvania are smokers. (karosieben/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – More than 18 percent of high school-aged youth in the Keystone State are smokers, but a new report says Pennsylvania's efforts to curb tobacco use are very underfunded. The annual report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says last year, the state spent $13.8 million on ...Read More

Advocates for students say testing is not the only way to gauge their progress. (Wilson Dias/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – With the major overhaul of federal education requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act, it's now up to the states to revamp their systems. The new law gives states much more flexibility in deciding how to measure student progress. Jerry Oleksiak, president of the ...Read More

Texas mayors are pledging to make their cities a safe and welcoming landing spot for the Monarch butterfly. (Weimar Meneses/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mayors across the state are raising the bar for Texas hospitality by pledging to make cities more welcoming for the embattled Monarch butterfly. Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio are among the first cities in the nation to take the National Wildlife Federation's ...Read More

Experts say an increasing incarceration rate for women is having negative effects on their families and communities. (Lauren J/

NEW YORK – Women are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. prison population with their numbers rising steadily for three decades. The American Civil Liberties Union attributes the trend partly to the war on drugs and incarceration of nonviolent offenders, which describes more than 80 perc ...Read More

Manure from CAFOs contains phosphorus that contributes to the growth of toxic algae in Lake Erie. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new report connects the dots between headline making toxic algae in Lake Erie and taxpayer dollars. Manure from confined animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs, contains phosphorus that contributes to the growth of blue-green algae. And the report from the Less Equals ...Read More

Local groups are welcoming refugees to Indiana. (Karam Foundation)

INDIANA – Many states, including Indiana, are resistant to accepting Syrian refugees, but groups helping to resettle the refugees say they are trying to spread a message that these are families who need help and understanding. Lina Sergie started the Karam Foundation in 2007. For the past fe ...Read More

Oil flaring at a plant in Bakersfield. A new report finds millions of acres of public land in the West are tied up in unused oil and gas land leases. (Chris Jordan-Block/Earthjustice)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Oil and gas companies are stockpiling leases on public land in California, sometimes for many years, without developing it – or paying rent on it – according to a report out today from the Wilderness Society. The authors say that's a problem because the land ...Read More

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