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It wasn't that long ago that the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act died once and for all in the Senate. Or so many thought. But like the killer robot in The Terminator or the undead fighters in Game of Thrones, the repeal effort has risen once again from the ashes in the form of a bill known as Cassidy-Graham. The bill, introduced Sept. 13 by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., with little hope of going anywhere, has gained steam in its short life and now...

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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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A celebration in Centre Hall on Sunday commemorated the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Event organizers hoped to celebrate the meaning of the Constitution and to educate people about the nation’s history.

The celebration kicked off with a local a cappella group, Nittany Knights, singing the National Anthem. 

The event, Constitution 230, featured live music and guest speakers. 

Finding Solace At The Wall

Sep 15, 2017
Jeff Butch searches for Lonnie Newland's name on the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C.
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(Washington D.C.) – It’s raining.  Hard.

But to a group of men in their 60’s and 70’s, the raindrops, the wind, and gray skies don’t seem to matter. They’re huddled in small groups and chatting in low voices as the walk down a sloping pathway.

They are going to visit some old friends.

Friends who never made it home from the Vietnam War.

Friends whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

This I Believe: I Believe In Fat

Sep 14, 2017
Natalie Sullivan
Emily Reddy / WPSU

I believe in fat. Not too long ago, I would have said, “I believe I’m fat.” But my mindset has shifted, because I’m in the midst of recovery. This is me speaking, not my eating disorder convincing me that my body is a worthless, loathsome shell.

Ho-Thanh Nguyen went back to Fort Indiantown Gap recently. Here, she’s in front of the National Guard training area where her barracks stood in 1975. She and her siblings lived here when they first resettled in the United States after fleeing Vietnam.
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FORT INDIANTOWN GAP – Even after 40 years, Ho-Thanh Nguyen remembers.

“That’s an old, old, old building right there. All wood,” she says as we drive past a structure that is, like many on the military base, non-descript.

Then, in a hushed tone:

“I think that’s the chapel,” she says. “Yeah, that’s it, the one I was telling you about.”

PA politicians around a table
Katie Meyer / WITF

(Harrisburg) -- The state House of Representatives has narrowly voted to move a budget plan built largely on one-time fund transfers.

Although it represents the first action on the overdue budget in well over a month, it’s unclear how much it’ll move the needle toward a resolution.

The Senate and the administration of Governor Tom Wolf both support a very different plan that raises several taxes—something the House majority wants to avoid completely.

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The city of Altoona officially came out of Act 47 on Wednesday, bringing an end to its distressed city status. Altoona's successful exit is a big win for its local government and their collaboration with the state.

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin officially announced the rescission in Altoona's downtown Devorris Center. 

“On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I’m officially signing the order which allows the city of Altoona to exit Act 47 today,” Davin said.  

nt Pasquinelli (right) and his son David.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

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.

David Pasquinelli talked with his father, Brent Pasquinelli, about his military service in Vietnam.  

The WPSU-TV documentary “A Time to Heal” on the Vietnam War experience from a Pennsylvania perspective premieres Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.


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WPSU commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

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Time to Lay It Down: the Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

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