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PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 


President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

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Public News Service - PA: Poverty Issues

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

There is a wide gap in Pennsylvania between teachers' pay and salaries for other college-educated professionals. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise the minimum teacher salary in the Keystone State for the first time in 30 years. The minimum salary for Pennsylvania teachers is set by state law and has been stuck at $18,500 a year since 1989. The Pennsylvania State Education Association represents

Career and technical schools can put students on the path to middle-class jobs straight out of high school. (shotput/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Last year's state budget increased funding for career and technical schools in Pennsylvania for the first time in a decade, but education advocates say there's still a long way to go. That extra $10 million in the current state budget for schools that provide hands-on training and

In 2017, SNAP benefits kept 3.4 million Americans out of poverty. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – After failing to get deep cuts to nutrition assistance through Congress, President Donald Trump wants to get them by changing the rules. Trump had backed a Republican plan that critics warned would have ended SNAP or food-stamp benefits for two million Americans and school

The new law makes an additional 17,000 Pennsylvania seniors eligible for PACENET benefits. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is helping more low-income seniors afford the prescription medications they need. In the final days of this year's legislative session, lawmakers unanimously approved House Bill 270, raising the maximum income limits of the PACENET program for the first time in

Ninety-five percent of older Pennsylvania voters say protecting Social Security and Medicare are important issues affecting their votes. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Social Security, Medicare and health care are the most important issues determining how older Pennsylvanians will vote in this year's election, according to a new poll. The poll, conducted by AARP and Politico, found protecting the future of Social Security, Medicare and he

More than 12 percent of Pennsylvania households have difficulty affording food. (USN/wikimedia commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians still live in poverty, and another 3.5 million are near-poor according to a new report. The Pennsylvania Poverty Snapshot, released by the Coalition for Low-Income Pennsylvanians, and the Coalition on Human Needs, showed a slight decreas

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined union organizers and workers to announce the contract agreement. (32BJ SEIU)

PITTSBURGH – Security officers in Pittsburgh are celebrating a new contract that, for many, almost doubles the pay and benefits they were getting just a few years ago. The agreement, announced in Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's conference room on Tuesday, covers more than 1,100 workers who pro

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