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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - PA: Community Issues and Volunteering

Longwall coal mines can cause significant surface damage. (Helen Simonsson/Flickr)

WASHINGTON, Pa. - Environmental groups say Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) isn't up to the job of preventing and restoring damage from underground coal mining. The DEP's response to a University of Pittsburgh report that found gaps and errors in the agency's data was the

Agriculture is the major source of nitrogen and sediment pollution.  (Lynn Betts/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmentalists are concerned that the budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday is short of the resources needed to meet the state's clean water obligations. Harry Campbell, director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Pennsylvania office says it will take almost $380 millio

Governor Wolf is calling for a $377 million increase in K-12 funding for this year. (Gov. Tom Wolf/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Teachers are praising Gov. Tom Wolf's stand on education funding. In December the governor line-item vetoed all but six months of school funding in the budget passed by the Legislature. In his budget address next week he will ask lawmakers to include the $377 million increase for t

A new report says about 120,000 low-income children in Pennsylvania don't have access to pre-kindergarten programs. (Lochoaymca/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania needs to increase its commitment to making high-quality pre-kindergarten available to at-risk children, according to a new report. Called The Case for Pre-K in PA from the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, the report says there are more than 175,000 3 year olds

Radium 226 found in fracking waste has a half-life of 1,600 years. (Delaware Riverkeeper Network)

BRISTOL, Pa. - Environmentalists say a state study of radiation in waste from gas drilling is inaccurate and incomplete. The Department of Environmental Protection study found little cause for concern about radioactive materials in waste from drilling operations. But Tracy Carluccio, deputy direc

The revised policy is supposed to apply only to violent felons. (ICE/ Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA - With just two weeks left in office, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on Tuesday signed an executive order that advocates say threatens immigrants held in city jails with deportation. The policy means the city will inform federal immigration officials when immigrants with criminal r

One-point-six million Pennsylvanians serve as unpaid family caregivers. (Jonathan Banks/flickr.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Advocates are asking the State Senate to pass a bill that would give those caring for family members at home some needed help, at no expense to the state. The CARE Act passed in the House last June, but so far the bill hasn't come to the floor of the Senate for a vote. Bill Johnsto

A lawsuit claims Pennsylvania's school funding system is unconstitutional. Credit: ludi/pixabay.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Education advocates are asking the state Supreme Court to hear their challenge to the state's school funding system. The state has filed papers asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit filed a year ago by parents and school districts. Briefs from the legislature and the governor's

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