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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2018 


Kavanaugh’s accuser given a deadline to talk; President Trump visits hurricane ravaged areas before lashing out at Sessions; and the U.S. Supreme court shines a light on dark money. We're covering those stories and more.

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Public News Service - PA: Housing/Homelessness

More than a million commuters ride SEPTA trains and buses daily. (Buswizard [Public domain]/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA – Banning ads about controversial issues is a violation of free-speech rights – that's the claim of a lawsuit filed against the nation's sixth-largest public transit system. The Center for Investigative Reporting has compiled data showing racial disparities in home mortgag

The Weatherization Assistance Program saves households an average of $283 per year. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With cold weather on the way, programs that help low-income Pennsylvanians keep warm are still in jeopardy in Washington. The federal Department of Health and Human Services has begun distributing funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2018 fiscal year.

Under Wilkes-Barre's ordinance, tenants with no knowledge of an offense could be immediately evicted. (Daniel/Flickr)

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - The City of Wilkes-Barre has agreed to stop enforcing its "one strike, you're out" ordinance. The local law allows the city to evict tenants from their homes, and keep the premises from being rented again for six months, if anyone is arrested there for crimes involving drugs or g

Groups opposed to changes in Philadelphia's anti-deportation policy rallied at City Hall on Friday. Courtesy New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Community groups and immigration advocates are telling Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to keep his hands off the city's anti-deportation ICE Hold policy. The mayor says he wants to change the executive order that controls city cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, o

Syrian refugees now entering the United States began the process in 2012. Credit: Voice of America News/Wikimedia Commons

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Following last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, at least 26 governors have said they won't allow Syrian refugees to resettle in their states but advocates say those fears are unfounded. With millions displaced by civil war in Syria, President Obama wants the U.S. to accept 10,

Without a state budget, nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels for Pennsylvania seniors are running out of money. Credit: U.S. Aair Force.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The four-month budget impasse in Harrisburg is hitting services for seniors particularly hard. In some counties, state funds account for 80 percent or more of the budget for human services. Ray Landis, director of advocacy for AARP Pennsylvania, says vital care for seniors i

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

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 U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case involving an anti-immigrant ordinance passed in Hazleton which was deemed unconstitutional by lower courts. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

HAZLETON, Pa. - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of anti-immigrant ordinances passed by a Pennsylvania city in 2006 but deemed unconstitutional by lower courts. The measures would have barred individuals the city of Hazleton defined as "illegal aliens" from rental housing, and wou

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