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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side by side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: a Senate committee looks to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - PA: Children's Issues

A study found 81 percent of kids who use tobacco started with a flavored product. (lexphumirat/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State Assembly has stepped in to stop Philadelphia from adding its own regulations for tobacco sales. The state budget signed by Gov. Tom Wolf contains an amendment that prohibits Philadelphia from enacting regulations that would help prevent young people from bec

Nearly one of every six Pennsylvania children is at risk of being overlooked as people are counted for the 2020 Census. (Bess-Hamiti/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The latest figures on the well-being of children show Pennsylvania ranks 17th in the nation, but children's advocates fear trouble ahead. In the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the Keystone State showed improvement in eight of 16 categories covering ec

Poll results show Pennsylvanians recognize the importance of early childhood education. (dagon_/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As the legislature returns to hammer out a state budget, a new poll shows a sizable majority of voters are willing to pay more taxes to support publicly funded pre-K programs. The statewide poll, commissioned by the Pre-K for PA campaign, found that three out of four voters

Proposed cuts would take $2 billion from CHIP's contingency fund. (BioBarica/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Government Accountability Office says Congress can take back money that already has been appropriated for the Children's Health Insurance Program. The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal spending by $15 billion, with almost half coming from CHIP. Since the cuts w

A new report on juvenile detention says adolescents are motivated more by rewards and incentives than by threats of punishment. (eric_urquhart/Twenty20)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report says reforming probation practices for juveniles could increase their chances for success. In the past 20 years, juvenile justice system reforms have led to far fewer young people being held in juvenile detention centers. But the report from The Annie E. Case

The 2016 school funding formula only applies to funding increases, about 2 percent of the state education budget. (KokomoCole/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A lawsuit challenging the level and distribution of state funding for public education in Pennsylvania has moved a step closer to trial. On Monday, a panel of Commonwealth Court judges overruled several preliminary objections to the lawsuit, including one that claimed the p

In 2014 a broken pipe in North Carolina released 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River. (EPA/WikimediaCommons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Environmental groups say changes proposed by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt would gut federal coal-ash regulations put in place in 2015. Coal ash contains toxic pollutants such as arsenic, lead and radioactive elements, many of which have no federal m

There are more than 270,000 children in special-education classes in Pennsylvania. (ernestoeslava/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two dozen disability-rights groups, child- and education-advocacy organizations have signed on to a letter asking lawmakers to increase funding for special education. The more than 270,000 students in special education in Pennsylvania are legally entitled to additional supp

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