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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - PA: Youth

Because of the COVID pandemic, one of every four children in the United States could face hunger this year. (Carlos David/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A group battling childhood hunger has enlisted a major media company to help get meals to kids while schools are closed by the COVID pandemic. "Turn Up, Fight Hunger" is an unusual collaboration between the No Kid Hungry campaign and Discovery, Inc. In less than a year, the partn

A new guide says schools need to ensure that all remote learners have full-day access to a computer and reliable internet service. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA -- Parents and students struggling to understand how their right to an education is affected by the COVID pandemic can find answers in an online back-to-school guide. The guide, compiled by the Education Law Center, makes the point that, despite the unprecedented challenges facing sch

The report says allowing rejection of qualified foster parents solely on religious grounds jeopardizes enforcement of nondiscrimination laws. (anna_gorbenko/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA -- Creating a religious exemption to anti-discrimination laws could have far-reaching, negative effects - that's the conclusion of a new report on a case soon to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The City of Philadelphia refused to renew its contract with Catholic Social Services,

The guidelines use public health data to determine if Pennsylvania schools should have in-person or online instruction. (tanaonte/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania schools have new, science-based metrics to guide them in deciding whether they should open for classroom instruction. The recommendations, issued Monday by the state departments of Health and Education, use weekly rates of COVID infection by population and percent of

School reopening guidance includes best practices for social distancing, face masks and cleaning classrooms. (ShunTerra/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania schools will begin reopening soon and advocates for children say there's a lot to consider for the quality of education as well as the safety of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has issued guidance for school reopening, but with the deadline closing

Reopening Pennsylvania schools may include social distancing, wearing masks and enhanced cleaning of school buildings and buses. (davit85/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Educators are calling on Congress to provide emergency funding to help public schools closed by the COVID pandemic reopen safely. Schools in counties in the 'yellow' and 'green' phases of reopening soon will be resuming in-person instruction and activities. But the economic im

More than 1 in 10 Pennsylvania children lives in a high-poverty area. (kmiragaya/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- There has been some improvement in the well-being of Pennsylvania's children over the past year, but many still lack health insurance and live in poverty, according to a new report. The 2020 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows the Keystone State has sli

U.S Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion rejecting the Trump administration's termination of DACA. (Diego Gomez/Adobe Stock)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the Trump administration from ending a program that protects almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived as children from deportation. The five-to-four ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, says the Department of Homeland Securi

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