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PNS Daily News - October 26, 2020 


Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moves toward a final vote; judicial appointments issue looms in the election; and five COVID-19 infections confirmed within VP Mike Pence's inner circle.


2020Talks - October 26, 2020 


Youth voter turnout has been high in early voting. And presidential candidates court swing-state voters in the last days until November 3.

Public News Service - PA: Consumer

The economic crash during the pandemic means the bills are piling up for millions of Pennsylvanians.(Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Lawmakers and anti-poverty advocates are speaking out, saying low-income Pennsylvania families need help in the form of a state earned income tax credit. Pennsylvania and New Hampshire are the only states in the Northeast that don't have a state earned income tax credit to piggyb

Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative could reduce Pennsylvania's carbon emissions by 180 million tons by 2030. (Bonnie/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's ability to control some forms of air pollution may be at risk after the state's House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee narrowly advanced a bill this week that opponents say would jeopardize efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The official title of Hous

In Pennsylvania, 21,093 clean energy jobs have been lost because of the COVID pandemic. (mmphoto/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Thousands of clean energy jobs have been lost since March because of the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. From solar and wind power installations to assembling electric cars and energy-efficient appliances, clean energy occupations have been one of the f

Government agencies do not ask for credit card or bank account information over the phone. (logoboom/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- While people are staying home to try to slow the spread of COVID-19 infections, the pandemic is bringing out scam artists, all hoping to cash in on fears about the virus. Fraudsters see the growing number of infections as an opportunity to prey on people and steal their money or

A policy brief calls for all health insurance to cover testing and treatment for COVID-19. (Tyler Olson/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- An independent policy research project has released a brief outlining steps to guard against the burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic falling disproportionately on the poor. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center says the Keystone State should embrace the moral equivalent of war

Workers with access to a retirement plan at work are 15 times more likely to save, research shows. (Cozine/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Some 2 million Pennsylvanians have no retirement plan at work, but proposed legislation would give them a chance to save for the future. Like similar bills passed in Oregon, California and Illinois, the Keystone Saves plan would automatically enroll private sector employees in a

Cyber charter schools receive the same public funding per student as do brick-and-mortar schools. (Tatyana Gladskih/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Cyber charter schools appear to be spending millions of dollars in taxpayer money on advertising, but at least one refuses to show the details. Commonwealth Charter Academy is one of the biggest cyber charters in the state and recruits students through extensive and expensive ad

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

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