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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - PA: Livable Wages/Working Families

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Artwork by students and educators is raising awareness of the history of the labor movement and its importance for the future. The Pennsylvania State Education Association, representing more than 180,000 teachers and school support staff, sponsors the biannual Fabric of Un

Proponents of clean energy say training workers to install solar power could help the climate and create jobs in areas hardest hit by pollution. (biker3/Adobe Stock)

COATESVILLE, Pa. - It's time to invest in local solar jobs. That's the message climate-justice advocates delivered to PECO on Tuesday. Clean-energy backers rallied in Coatesville, calling on Philadelphia Electric Co. to make local jobs a priority by committing to at least 20% solar power by 2025. A

In the 1940s, 40% of Pennsylvania jobs were in manufacturing. Now, only 8% are. (tarasylo/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new report documents the shift of manufacturing jobs away from Northeastern states as the manufacturing sector has shrunk overall. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce said in the 1940s, almost a quarter of all jobs were in manu

The number of new teaching licenses issued in Pennsylvania has dropped 67 percent since 2009. (lordn/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new poll shows large majorities of Pennsylvanians are satisfied with their public schools and would support raising teachers' minimum pay. The poll of 650 registered voters found nearly two-thirds are "very or somewhat satisfied" with the public schools in their communiti

The minimum pay for Pennsylvania teachers has not been raised since 1988. (Alexey Rumyantsev/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – There's a growing teacher shortage in the Keystone State, and a new study says raising teacher salaries could help alleviate the problem. A new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute shows Pennsylvania teachers are paid an average of 13.5% less than similar college gra

At the Philadelphia International Airport, many immigrants work as airport cleaners, wheelchair assistants and baggage handlers. (Björn Wylezich/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania's population growth rate is one of the slowest in the country, but a bill now in Congress could help many immigrants come out of the shadows. In May, Congress is expected to vote on H.R. 6, the "American Dream and Promise Act." That bill could help hundreds of tho

The minimum annual teacher salary in Pennsylvania has been $18,500 since 1988. (giovannacco/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Educators joined legislators from both sides of the aisle in Harrisburg on Tuesday in urging the General Assembly to raise the minimum salary for Pennsylvania's public-school teachers. The minimum teacher salary hasn't increased since 1988, when it was set at $18,500. In his 2019

The minimum wage for tipped workers in Pennsylvania has been $2.83 an hour since 1998. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Raising the minimum wage will help all Pennsylvanians, economists and social scientists are telling state lawmakers. Gov. Tom Wolf has called for raising the state minimum wage to $12 an hour immediately, increasing to $15 an hour by 2025. A letter to the General Assembly signed b

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