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PNS Daily Newscast - April 3, 2020 


Son-in-law Jared Kushner takes on a major role in Trump's fight with COVID-19. Also, emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent because of the pandemic.

2020Talks - April 3, 2020 


The Democratic National Committee delayed its July convention in Milwaukee until August. Wisconsin has a primary this Tuesday, but hasn't cancelled or delayed in-person voting like many other states have done.

Public News Service - PA: Budget Policy & Priorities

The census needs to count everyone in every household, including infants and young children. (gregorydean/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Wednesday is Census Day, and despite the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Census is still happening. But children's advocates fear kids will be undercounted. The census is based on where you and your entire family live on April 1. In 2010, the census missed more than 25,000 Pennsy

The bill ensures that all school employees will continue to be paid while schools are closed. (Jazmine/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Legislation to protect students and adapt curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic has cleared the General Assembly. The closing of schools across the state to stop the spread of the coronavirus is having an unprecedented impact on Pennsylvania's public-school system. Chris Lili

A policy brief calls for all health insurance to cover testing and treatment for COVID-19. (Tyler Olson/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- An independent policy research project has released a brief outlining steps to guard against the burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic falling disproportionately on the poor. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center says the Keystone State should embrace the moral equivalent of war

House Democrats in Congress have proposed a 5-year, reauthorizing $760 billion in infrastructure spending and a plan for how the money would be spent. (batya/Adobe Stock)

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Mayors, councilmembers and other local elected officials were in Washington this week to talk about their agenda for this presidential election year. More than 2,000 officials attended the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference. Their list of priorities for fede

Workers with access to a retirement plan at work are 15 times more likely to save, research shows. (Cozine/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Some 2 million Pennsylvanians have no retirement plan at work, but proposed legislation would give them a chance to save for the future. Like similar bills passed in Oregon, California and Illinois, the Keystone Saves plan would automatically enroll private sector employees in a

Cyber charter schools receive the same public funding per student as do brick-and-mortar schools. (Tatyana Gladskih/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Cyber charter schools appear to be spending millions of dollars in taxpayer money on advertising, but at least one refuses to show the details. Commonwealth Charter Academy is one of the biggest cyber charters in the state and recruits students through extensive and expensive ad

Pennsylvania ranks 44th in the nation for state share of education funding. (Chlorophylle/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal includes more for schools, but education advocates say there's still a long way to go. The proposed budget includes a package of initiatives that add up to $435 million more in classroom spending. But that won't stop a pending lawsuit filed by the

Only 4% of Pennsylvania educators are people of color, compared with 29% of students. (Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Reducing student loan debt, hiring more teachers of color and increasing school support staff are top priorities for educators this year. The Keystone State has a growing teacher shortage. Since 2012 the number of Level I instructional certificates issued in Pennsylvania has drop

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