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PNS Daily Newscast - June 19, 2019 


President Trump kicks off his reelection campaign. Also on today's rundown: A Maryland clergyman testifies in Congress on reparations for slavery; and how a reinstated travel ban will affect cultural crossovers between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Public News Service - PA: Poverty

The on-time high school graduation rate in Pennsylvania is 87%, a 24% improvement since 2011. (matoue/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report shows marked improvement in the well-being of Pennsylvania's children. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book looks at 16 indicators of child well-being divided into four categories. The data in the 2019 report ranks the Keystone State 17th in t

The minimum pay for Pennsylvania teachers has not been raised since 1988. (Alexey Rumyantsev/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – There's a growing teacher shortage in the Keystone State, and a new study says raising teacher salaries could help alleviate the problem. A new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute shows Pennsylvania teachers are paid an average of 13.5% less than similar college gra

Prices for brand-name drugs widely used by seniors rose 8.4 percent in 2017. (Pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Seniors from across Pennsylvania are rallying in Harrisburg today, telling legislators they need help coping with the soaring cost of prescription drugs. More than 200 AARP members plan to gather at the Statehouse with the message that they can't take it anymore. It's part of a na

The minimum annual teacher salary in Pennsylvania has been $18,500 since 1988. (giovannacco/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Educators joined legislators from both sides of the aisle in Harrisburg on Tuesday in urging the General Assembly to raise the minimum salary for Pennsylvania's public-school teachers. The minimum teacher salary hasn't increased since 1988, when it was set at $18,500. In his 2019

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

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