Migrants Are Stuck In Mexico With Violence Back Home And 'Zero Tolerance' In The U.S.

This converted schoolhouse still chirps with the sound of children. A volunteer teacher points at her eye and elicits the English word: " ¿Cómo se dice 'ojo'? " she asks the group of 6- to 10-year-olds. They hesitate and look at one another until one of them gets it, and they join in a collective scream: "Eye!" It feels like a bit of normalcy for this group of Central American children who fled their home countries and are temporarily living in a family shelter in Mexico City. A young...

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Colored bulbs cast an eerie blue glow in the restroom of a convenience store where people who inject heroin and other drugs have been seeking the relative privacy of the stalls to shoot up.

The blue lights are meant to discourage people from using drugs in store bathrooms by making it more difficult for them to see their veins. It's an idea that's been around for years but is getting a fresh look as a result of the nation's opioid epidemic.

Pennsylvania Has Budget Peace A Week Early

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania's budget legislation (all times local):
8:50 p.m.
Pennsylvania has budget peace, for now, and spending authorization intact a week early for the upcoming fiscal year.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed a $32.7 billion budget package, avoiding the partisan acrimony and protracted budget fights of his first three years in office.

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 (Harrisburg) -- Efforts to overhaul the state’s redistricting process are faltering.

Earlier this month, the legislature looked like it might be on track to approve a sweeping plan to establish a citizen’s commission to draw the maps — plus change how Pennsylvania elects judges.

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Boaz Dvir is an American-Israeli award-winning filmmaker. His upcoming documentary, “Cojot,” tells the unknown story of Michel Cojot, a French man who played a pivotal role in a 1976 hostage rescue mission.

Previously, Dvir was a journalist and editor based in Florida. He now teaches documentary filmmaking and multimedia storytelling at Penn State’s College of Communications. WPSU's Min Xian talked to him about finding all the pieces to tell a story and the importance of passing down memories of the Holocaust.

 

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Senate is rejecting a proposed constitutional amendment to reduce the number of its seats, but it's putting the onus back on the state House of Representatives to decide whether voters should get the question of shrinking it.

The Senate voted 42-7 on Thursday to send the measure back to the House after it stripped out a provision to reduce the Senate from 50 seats to 38.

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A medical marijuana dispensary opened in State College Thursday. And it’s already doing a brisk business.

Angel Rodriguez is co-manager of Nature’s Medicines on North Atherton Street in State College. He says when the dispensary opened at 11:00am Thursday, there were scores of people already in line.

“We’ve had over a hundred and something people walk through our doors,” Rodriguez said, “asking questions, coming into to see what we are, what we represent, and picking up medication so it’s been a very good day for us.”

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania regulators have decided how they will disburse nearly $210 million that was raised last year from fees on Marcellus Shale gas wells.

The state's Public Utility Commission announced its plans Thursday.

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State College has hosted a summer arts festival for decades.  And a brand new festival comes to town June 22-24, 2018. WPSU’s Kristine Allen reports the first annual "Central PA Theatre and Dance Fest," includes more than 100 events, held at various venues in and around downtown State College.

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In-state students at Penn State may be spared a tuition increase in the upcoming school year. 

Part of the state budget that’s on the table is a 3 percent increase in funding for Penn State and the other state-related universities. The university says it will keep tuition flat if it gets a 3 percent increase in funding from the state.

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says he expects the Senate to take up the budget Friday. The state House approved in Wednesday.

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At least two Centre County municipalities are speaking against the Trump administration’s policy that separates families who enter the U.S. illegally. Leaders in State College and Ferguson Township voted to contact U.S. Congressmen urging them to take action.

Evan Myers, president of State College council, said the borough wants to be a welcoming community, one that believes diversity and inclusion make it stronger.

Myers said the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy separating children from parents who try to enter the country goes against that.

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At Union Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, a classroom of fifth grade students are buzzing during the last week of school.

The students are high-fiving, grabbing popcorn and forming a circle around a makeshift stage.

One of those students is Dylan Martinez — he's here to celebrate a movie he made.

"My film is about a scared plumber," Martinez says. "We pretty much put all the scripts together, all the screens together, went to the places where we filmed our scenes, and we edited, put music, looked for music, and that's it!"

One of the first things you notice approaching the old Olympic Park of Sochi in Russia is the unmistakable shape of a Disney-style castle, flanked by the unmistakable shapes of rollercoasters, surrounded by clusters of palm trees.

Decades before the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016 that claimed 49 lives, another deadly attack on LGBTQ Americans took place.

It was 45 years ago this Sunday that one of the worst attacks on the LGBTQ community left 32 people dead.

The Trump administration has released its plan for reuniting children who have been separated from their parents as a result of the president's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, but in a fact sheet issued on Saturday, it provided no timeline for when those reunifications will happen.

Donald Hall, a former poet laureate of the United States whose writing explored everything from nature to mortality to the toss of a baseball, has died at the age of 89.

Hall died on Saturday at his family farm, known as Eagle Pond, in the small town of Wilmot, N.H. His death was announced by his literary agent, Wendy Strothman.

Hall was a prolific author who began writing when he was just 12 years old. Over the course of a career that spanned more than seven decades, he wrote over 40 books, about half of which were works of poetry.

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A Global Guide For Leery Travelers

With its tropical beaches and a memorable national park , Venezuela was a popular destination for American tourists a decade ago. But years of political and economic turmoil have left its tourism industry in tatters. Now there's an even more pressing reason to stay out of the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last month issued a rare "Level 3" warning , urging Americans to avoid nonessential travel to Venezuela. The CDC notes that the country is "experiencing...

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Political 'Counterculture': Young Republicans Hold Unique Space In The Trump Era

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Last Year, A Retired Mexican Schoolteacher Vanished. His Family Still Seeks Answers

On March 16, 2017, Albino Quiroz Sandoval popped out of the house around 5 p.m. for a little trip to the shop. The 71-year-old lives in Tepoztlán, a small colonial town with little crime, a weekend getaway from hectic Mexico City. Quiroz had been a public school teacher for 48 years. Everyone knows him. By 8 p.m., he wasn't home. His family grew worried. His son Juan Carlos Quiroz, who was a 90-minute drive away in Mexico City, got a frantic call from his sister. "We didn't know what to do,"...

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Playing Hanafuda With The Hand You're Dealt

At her home in Honolulu, our grandmother hovered above us, inspecting our cards: illustrations of wisteria, chrysanthemum, cherry and plum blossoms and, if we were lucky, a crane perched among pine branches. My cousins and I were playing a 200-year-old Japanese card game called hanafuda, which translates to "flower cards." She taught us the game when we were young, maybe so she could have a new crop of opponents to defeat. I hardly play anymore. Now that I live in New York, I'm about as far...

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Priscilla Renea Refuses To Be Quiet About Racism In Country Music

Priscilla Renea has just two solo albums, but she's written chart-topping pop songs for years: Rihanna 's "California King Bed," Pitbull 's "Timber," Fifth Harmony 's "Worth It" and dozens more. It was always Renea's goal to make her own music, she says, but she wrote for six years to sustain herself to the point where she could do what she wanted. Nine years after her debut album, her second solo album, titled Coloured, is out now. Coloured is a return to the genre Renea feels most...

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Large Methane Leaks Threaten Perception Of 'Clean' Natural Gas

A new study published in the journal Science finds that methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas operations are 60 percent higher than previous estimates from the federal government. This comes at a time when U.S. is getting more and more of its power from natural gas; in 2017, 31.7 percent of U.S. electricity came from natural gas-fired generation, up from 27.3 percent in 2013. It's widely considered to be a cleaner fuel than coal, and natural gas does emit less carbon when it is burned for...

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8 Under-The-Radar Summer Travel Destinations To Visit

If youre looking to avoid crowds at the beach or at the most popular national parks and go somewhere new this summer, Trisha Ping , destination editor for Lonely Planet, has a lot of ideas for places to explore. Ping ( @editrish ) shares recommendations with Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson. North Georgia North Georgia is great, Ping says. It offers a really wide range of activities, and there are some great summer festivals and its a really easy drive from Atlanta. Theres some cute and quirky...

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Children's Cries Brought Down Walls Of Indifference

The cries of children pierce our hearts. Scientists say they're meant to. They move us to love and protect children. This response is healthy; it's human; and it keeps humanity going. As Dr. Marc Bornstein at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development told The Scientist, "the infant cry and the caregiver response, have developed together to ensure the survival of the species." Public figures, including the pope , bishops , senators of both parties, and...

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