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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - PA: Toxics

PITTSBURGH - Items you'd expect to find in a landfill have, for years, been making their home in and around a stretch of Pennsylvania's Allegheny River. Now, thanks to a big effort by a lot of people, they're not there anymore. Piper Lindell, who owns Allegheny Outfitters, organized a five-day cle

PHILADELPHIA - Today (Monday), Pennsylvania senator and brain cancer survivor Arlen Specter holds a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing to focus on whether cellular phone use causes health problems. At the same time and also in the nation's capital, attendees at an international conference will examine

SPRINGDALE, Pa. - The chemical called Bisphenol A or BPA is used to add hardness and durability to some plastic toys and containers, such as baby bottles and sippy cups . But some research links it to problems affecting the brain, reproductive and immune systems, especially in children, and two bill

Harrisburg, Pa. - While you may not have appreciated all the rain in Pennsylvania last month, the mosquitoes were loving it - and experts now predict June's wet weather will keep them out in full force for the rest of the summer. That's because mosquitoes develop in water, which means any form of st

Harrisburg, PA - Highway building and repair is a major feature of the new national stimulus plan coming out of Washington, but at least one organization is concerned about unintended consequences; the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) says highway runoff in Pennsylvania is a major threat to groundwat

Santa's workshops will have a government "safer toy" guarantee in 2009, thanks to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The new law requires all children's products to undergo stringent testing for toxics, due to dangers like lead and pthalates. While the law gets cheers from consumer safet

National Parks are supposed to provide an escape and a breath of fresh air, in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Their future could be a little more hazy, however, if a new rule change is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It would relax air quality testing standards near

Pittsburgh, PA - Protecting Pennsylvania children from fire could be hazardous to their health. A recent nationwide study has found high levels of chemical fire retardants in the systems of toddlers and preschoolers - three times higher than levels found in similar blood tests of their mothers. The

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