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PNS Daily Newscast - January 18, 2019. 


A blockbuster storm forecast to bring major snowfall to the Midwest today, Northeast over the weekend. Also on the Friday rundown: Women’s Marches planned across the nation tomorrow; plus Democrats slog through Iowa on path to the White House.

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Public News Service - PA: Health Issues

Oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania emit an estimated 54,000 tons of volatile organic compounds and 520,000 tons of methane a year. (Shutterstock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – New rules to cut smog-forming emissions from thousands of oil and gas facilities across Pennsylvania have taken a step forward. On Thursday, the state's Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee is meeting to review a draft proposal from the Department of Environmental Prote

The new law makes an additional 17,000 Pennsylvania seniors eligible for PACENET benefits. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is helping more low-income seniors afford the prescription medications they need. In the final days of this year's legislative session, lawmakers unanimously approved House Bill 270, raising the maximum income limits of the PACENET program for the first time in

Some major retailers no longer sell methylene chloride paint strippers, but they remain widely available. (Photo: USDA)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Environmental Protection Agency has been put on notice that it faces a lawsuit for delaying the finalization of a ban on methylene chloride, a toxic chemical used in paint stripping products. On Wednesday, Latino workers, environmental and public health advocates filed

Ninety-five percent of older Pennsylvania voters say protecting Social Security and Medicare are important issues affecting their votes. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Social Security, Medicare and health care are the most important issues determining how older Pennsylvanians will vote in this year's election, according to a new poll. The poll, conducted by AARP and Politico, found protecting the future of Social Security, Medicare and he

More than 12 percent of Pennsylvania households have difficulty affording food. (USN/wikimedia commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians still live in poverty, and another 3.5 million are near-poor according to a new report. The Pennsylvania Poverty Snapshot, released by the Coalition for Low-Income Pennsylvanians, and the Coalition on Human Needs, showed a slight decreas

SB 780 would require insurance companies to cover telemedicine-provided health services. (Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – With the state legislative session coming to a close, advocates are still hoping a bill that would expand options for Pennsylvanians to get health care will get a final vote. Senate Bill 780 would require insurance companies to offer coverage for telemedicine services prov

ORSANCO has managed pollution controls on the entire Ohio River system since 1948. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

PITTSBURGH – The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission will vote this week on a proposal that critics say would weaken environmental protections along the river. The Ohio River is used heavily for transportation and recreation and is the source of drinking water for 5 million people.

The oil and gas industry is the largest industrial source of methane pollution in the United States. (olafpictures/pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Clean-air advocates are vowing to fight the latest proposal to roll back regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants to reduce the frequency of monitoring for methane leaks at oil and

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