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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2020 


The Biden inauguration speech seen as a potential launching point for a resilient democracy; an increase in mental distress noted in Virginia.


2021Talks - January 19, 2021 


Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MKL and prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation introduced in Congress could expand access to voting and reduce partisan gerrymandering.

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Asbestos was used extensively in construction, shipbuilding and steel mills. (Joey Gannon/Flickr)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - A bill affecting compensation claims by Pennsylvanians suffering from asbestos-related diseases is scheduled for a key committee vote in the state Legislature. Asbestos has been known for decades to cause diseases like mesothelioma, a kind of cancer. Victims of industrial exposure

One-point-six million Pennsylvanians serve as unpaid family caregivers. (Jonathan Banks/flickr.com)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Advocates are asking the State Senate to pass a bill that would give those caring for family members at home some needed help, at no expense to the state. The CARE Act passed in the House last June, but so far the bill hasn't come to the floor of the Senate for a vote. Bill Johnsto

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

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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

The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan would cover every resident of the state. Credit: Healthcare4ALL PA<br />

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - A bill to create a single-payer health-care system in Pennsylvania will be introduced in the state Legislature by the end of the month. The legislation is being introduced by Representative Pamela DeLissio of Philadelphia and was crafted with the assistance of HealthCare 4 ALL P

PHOTO: Randy Moyer's tongue is just one of many spots where he says he experiences unexplained pain and swelling after his exposure to fracking waste, made up of a mixture of water and toxic chemicals. Photo courtesy of Moyer.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - An organization calling itself "Stop Poisoning Pennsylvania" is demonstrating Tuesday at Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration, calling for a ban on fracking in the commonwealth. The new governor says he supports fracking as a method of oil and gas drilling. Washington County resident

PHOTO: AARP says more should be done to recognize and support unpaid family caregivers. Photo courtesy of AARP.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - November is National Family Caregivers Month. More than 2.5 million Pennsylvanians care for aging or ill parents or spouses at home. For many, this means the family can stay together instead of being separated, with one of them in a costly and often distant institution. Estimates

A Pennsylvania psychologist questions whether the dialogue emerging on depression will last far beyond the headlines over comedian and actor Robin Williams's suicide. Photo courtesy of George Hodan.

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PHILADELPHIA – We are learning more about the demons comedian and actor Robin Williams faced in the forms of depression and addiction prior to his death earlier this week. His passing has brought those illnesses to the forefront, but will it have a long-term impact on how they are perceived

IMAGE: A report from AARP concludes Pennsylvania would better serve seniors by focusing more resources on at-home long-term health care. CREDIT: studentry.sg

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HARRISBURG Pa. - Ask Pennsylvania seniors about long-term care, and most will likely tell you they'd prefer an 'at home' setup, with help from unpaid family caregivers. A new report from AARP ranked Pennsylvania 42 out of 50 states in providing adequate long-term care for seniors. The report, titl

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