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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Public News Service - PA: Education

Nearly one of every six Pennsylvania children is at risk of being overlooked as people are counted for the 2020 Census. (Bess-Hamiti/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The latest figures on the well-being of children show Pennsylvania ranks 17th in the nation, but children's advocates fear trouble ahead. In the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Keystone State showed improvement in eight of 16 categories covering ec

Pennsylvania ranks 47th out of the 50 states in per capita funding for higher education. (nikolayhg/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is near the bottom in per capita funding for higher education, but a bill now in the General Assembly could change that. If passed, the bill, called "PA Promise", would eliminate college tuition and fees for recent high school graduates from families with income

Poll results show Pennsylvanians recognize the importance of early childhood education. (dagon_/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As the legislature returns to hammer out a state budget, a new poll shows a sizable majority of voters are willing to pay more taxes to support publicly funded pre-K programs. The statewide poll, commissioned by the Pre-K for PA campaign, found that three out of four voters

Proposed cuts would take $2 billion from CHIP's contingency fund. (BioBarica/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Government Accountability Office says Congress can take back money that already has been appropriated for the Children's Health Insurance Program. The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal spending by $15 billion, with almost half coming from CHIP. Since the cuts w

The 2016 school funding formula only applies to funding increases, about 2 percent of the state education budget. (KokomoCole/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A lawsuit challenging the level and distribution of state funding for public education in Pennsylvania has moved a step closer to trial. On Monday, a panel of Commonwealth Court judges overruled several preliminary objections to the lawsuit, including one that claimed the p

Fifty-six percent of Pennsylvanians say the state invests too little money in public education. (michael_schueller/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvanians from both sides of the political aisle support full funding of public education, according to a new poll. The poll, conducted for the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center by the polling firm TargetSmart, found that almost six in ten respondents favor making

There are more than 270,000 children in special-education classes in Pennsylvania. (ernestoeslava/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two dozen disability-rights groups, child- and education-advocacy organizations have signed on to a letter asking lawmakers to increase funding for special education. The more than 270,000 students in special education in Pennsylvania are legally entitled to additional supp

Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for a severance tax on natural gas drilling and a $12 minimum wage. (DEZALB/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new analysis of Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget says it makes important progress in some key areas, but fails to meet many critical needs for the state. While the governor's budget increases spending by $1 billion, two-thirds of that increase is for mandatory expenditures

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