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PNS Daily Newscast - February 27, 2020 


Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - PA: Consumer

Winter backpacking gives hikers a unique perspective on the beauty of wilderness areas. (xerox123/Adobe Stock)

WARREN, Pa. -- An upcoming winter backpacking trip on mountain trails will help raise awareness about the need to protect Pennsylvania's remaining wilderness. Friends of Allegheny Wilderness will be hosting its annual winter backpacking trip on March 7 and 8. This year the hike will follow a tra

The ACA reduced the disparity in health insurance coverage between African Americans and white adults by 4.1%. (rocketclips/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Affordable Care Act has reduced racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care, but that progress has stalled, according to a new report. From 2013 to 2018 the uninsured rate for African Americans dropped by 10 percentage points to 14.4%, and the rate for Hispanic ad

In 1975, 14 excess deaths were attributed to pollution during a weather inversion in Allegheny County. (VanderWolf Images/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH -- Allegheny County was once again among the five worst counties in the country for air quality over the Christmas holidays, and area residents are demanding action. From Dec. 21 to 26, a weather system trapped pollution over the region, forcing people to breathe some of the worst air i

Requiring a signature for deliveries helps stop

HARRISBURG, Pa. - 'Tis the season to be careful. That's one message consumer advocates want Pennsylvanians to keep in mind during this holiday season. More than one-in-five adults surveyed by AARP in the Commonwealth failed a simple quiz designed to test their ability to recognize holiday scams.

Pennsylvania's clean water plan has an annual funding gap of more than $300 million. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for reducing pollution flowing into Chesapeake Bay can't meet its 2025 goals, but the Environmental Protection Agency is not taking required actions. Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA is supposed to impose consequences on an

SB350 has provisions to help low-income people with past marijuana convictions participate in the recreational marijuana industry. (EKKAPON/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two state senators have introduced a bill that some are calling a model for recreational marijuana legalization. Senate Bill 350, introduced this week by Sen. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, and Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, is being hailed as one of the most far-reaching

In Pennsylvania, analysts say, the rule will leave 310,000 salaried employees working unpaid overtime. (Yakobchuk Olena/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Analysts say the U.S. Labor Department's new overtime rule for salaried employees shortchanges thousands of Pennsylvania workers. In 2016 the Obama administration proposed raising the maximum amount salaried employees can earn and still be entitled to receive overtime pay t

From 2003 to 2018, the waste generated by oil and gas operation in Pennsylvania increased by 1,500%. (FerrizFrames/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH – The amount of toxic waste from oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania has skyrocketed in recent years, and now a new map published by the environmental group Earthworks lets you see what's being dumped near you. In 2018 alone, fracking in the Keystone State generated 69 million ba

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