Graham-Cassidy Health Bill Would Shift Funds From States That Expanded Medicaid

Senate Republicans' latest plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system ends with a massive shift of federal money from states that expanded Medicaid — and are largely dominated by Democrats — to those that refused to expand. Several analyses of the bill show the pattern. A report by the health care consulting firm Avalere Health shows California and New York losing a combined $123 billion in federal health care funding by 2026, while Texas would see its flow of money from Washington rise by ...

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BookMark: "Rolling Blackouts" by Sarah Glidden

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“Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq” by Sarah Glidden is a graphic novel that asks, “What is journalism?” This book, recipient of the 2017 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, follows the author as she accompanies two reporter friends and an Iraq war veteran into a highly complex political region. Throughout the trip, the reader sees how refugees, government administrators and military personnel react to journalists and tell their personal stories.

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For those born and raised in struggling Rust Belt cities, it’s common to move away for job opportunities or a different lifestyle. The city of Altoona has steadily lost population since its height in the 1930s. But for some Altoona natives who have returned to the area, there are many appeals to working and living back home.

Steven McKnight is one of those people. He called himself a “boomeranger.”

“I’m actually a double boomeranger,” McKnight said.

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Penn State’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic hosted an information session on Wednesday to discuss the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Two guest speakers shared their stories of being undocumented immigrants.

About 40 people attended the info session, where the Clinic gave out facts about DACA and the DREAM act.

Speakers included Angie Kim, a community organizer based in New York and a DACA recipient.

Students sign the anti-hazing pledge Wednesday afternoon.
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In the wake of Penn State fraternity member Timothy Piazza’s hazing death in February, the Interfraternity Council is hosting Anti-Hazing Week.

At the bustling HUB-Robeson Center Wednesday afternoon, students signed a pledge against hazing.

Devon McDuffy signed the pledge. She said after what happened to Piazza, the community must come together to understand hazing has always been a problem.

ClearWater Reaches Goal To Preserve Iconic Farmland

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Deb Nardone, executive director of ClearWater Conservancy, says the Slab Cabin Run initiative is important for the community’s drinking water and the water quality of the Slab Cabin stream that runs through the land. It’s also an opportunity to preserve 300 acres of farmland.

“We have a community and decision-makers and the public who have come forward and have supported an initiative that helped help protect the place that we love,” Nardone says.

Spanier's Defamation Suit Against Freeh Thrown Out

Sep 20, 2017
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A defamation lawsuit filed by Penn State's former president against former FBI director Louis Freeh (LOO'-ee free) has been thrown out.

Freeh called the lawsuit "frivolous and malicious" in a statement issued after the judge's ruling Wednesday.

John MacMillen and Fred Brown.
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As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

John MacMillen told Fred Brown about his time in the Airforce in Vietnam.

As part of WPSU’s radio, television and web project “Vietnam: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” WPSU intern Kennedey Bell went to downtown State College to ask people to reflect on the Vietnam War.  

It’s a sunny afternoon on College Avenue with cars and people passing by. I asked the younger people I talked with what they knew about the Vietnam War, which happened long before they were born.  

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Amy Schirf pointed out the trash among the recyclables on the sorting line at the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority.

“We get a lot of pom poms, a lot of purses…there’s part of a cooler, bags of buns,” she said.

It's the first work day after Penn State's home game against Georgia State on Saturday and workers are sorting through the contents of the blue recyclables bags from the tailgate fields.

Sharon Stringer and Edgar Farmer.
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As a part of WPSU’s radio, TV and web project “The Vietnam War: Telling the Pennsylvania Story,” we’re bringing you oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans.

Sharon Stringer talked to her friend Edgar Farmer about his time in Vietnam, as well as his transition to civilian life.  

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For more than nine months, Twitter and Facebook have tried to dodge the intense public scrutiny involved with the investigation into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

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Congressional investigators are digging in on Russia's use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies to try to influence the 2016 campaign.

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