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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - PA: Health

Gov. Tom Wolf's order makes masks mandatory in indoor public spaces, and outdoors where six feet of distance cannot be maintained. (zigres/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Despite political opposition, Gov. Tom Wolf's novel coronavirus disaster declaration is still in effect, and one economist argues it might be the fastest way to get the state economy going again. On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court ruled the General Assembly cannot force the go

Clean-air advocacy groups in Pennsylvania say a draft DEP rule would cut methane emissions at little or no cost to the industry. (FerrizFrames/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Today is the second day of virtual public hearings on the Department of Environmental Protection's draft rule for controlling emissions from oil and natural-gas facilities. Current emission rules only apply to new or modified facilities. The new rule would control emissions of me

More than 1 in 10 Pennsylvania children lives in a high-poverty area. (kmiragaya/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- There has been some improvement in the well-being of Pennsylvania's children over the past year, but many still lack health insurance and live in poverty, according to a new report. The 2020 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the Keystone State has sli

Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative could reduce Pennsylvania's carbon emissions by 180 million tons by 2030. (Bonnie/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's ability to control some forms of air pollution may be at risk after the state's House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee narrowly advanced a bill this week that opponents say would jeopardize efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The official title of Hous

Mail-in ballots must be delivered to a county election bureau by 8 p.m. Tuesday. (Scott Van Blarcom/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The primary election is just days away so those mail-in ballots need to reach your county election bureau by Tuesday to be counted. More than 1 million Pennsylvanians requested mail-in ballots for the primary that will select candidates for state and federal offices. Jan Jarre

Under Pennsylvania law, 23 health conditions qualify for medical marijuana use. (H_Ko/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Can a county court prohibit registered medical marijuana patients on probation from using their approved medication? That's the question taken up by Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Tuesday. Last September, Lebanon County announced that people under community supervision, such as

There are about 20,000 marijuana arrests in Pennsylvania each year, costing taxpayers an estimated $20 million. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Wide racial disparities in marijuana arrests continue across Pennsylvania, according to a new report. The ACLU report said 56 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties have racial disparities for marijuana-possession arrests that are higher than the national average. Despite similar rates of

A Harvard study has linked higher levels of air pollution to increased death rates from COVID-19. (Andrei/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmental groups are condemning new rules that threaten to roll back protections from toxic power plant emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency is changing the way it calculates the impact of mercury emissions. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, put in place in 2012

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