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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - PA: Poverty Issues

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

Security officers in Pittsburgh are negotiating with 14 companies for a new contract. (32BJ SEIU)

PITTSBURGH – Gov. Tom Wolf is standing with security officers in Pittsburgh Thursday as they rally for $15 an hour in their next contract. Just a little more than three years ago, security officers in the city were paid as little as $7.50 an hour. But more than 1,000 joined Service Employe

Only 41 percent of eligible elderly households are participating in SNAP. (USDA)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Congress is debating changes that would tighten access to SNAP, the federal nutrition program that helps 1.8 million Pennsylvanians get the food they need to stay healthy. The Farm Bill, which includes SNAP, is set to expire on September 30. House Republicans have passed a

Last year, 870,000 Pennsylvanians used community health centers for their primary care. (Alterfines/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Community health centers in Pennsylvania are getting some much-needed help through federal Quality Improvement grants. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $125 million in grant awards to more than 1,300 community health centers across th

Pennsylvania's Early Intervention Services can help identify and overcome learning problems before children start preschool, but not all parents are aware of the program. (rbalouria/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania children at risk of falling behind their peers in preschool and kindergarten can get help to prepare them for school. Early childhood education can give children a huge boost, educators say, but those with physical or developmental disabilities, who are homeless o

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