Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill

Americans broadly disapprove of the Senate GOP's health care bill, and they're unhappy with how Republicans are handling the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll . Just 17 percent of those surveyed say they approve of the Senate's health care plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Fifty-five percent say they disapprove, while about a quarter said they hadn't heard enough about the proposal to have an opinion on it. With...

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(Harrisburg) -- Thanks to months of behind-the-scenes negotiation, a significant pension bill is on a fast track through the state legislature.
It easily passed the Senate Monday, though even its supporters acknowledge that it doesn't come close to fully fixing Pennsylvania's pension woes.
The commonwealth is carrying about $70 billion in unpaid pension debts, and the costs of paying it off have put significant strain on the state's budget, as well as school districts' spending plans.

Professor Ramona Broomer and Lock Haven University student Marcus Bonaparte.
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WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In Lock Haven we paired with a college journalism class and had students find someone interesting to interview.

Lock Haven University student Marcus Bonaparte talks with professor Ramona Broomer about her work in costume design.      

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on June 5, 2017, and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Joe & Eddie, Muddy Waters, Ry Cooder, Mississippi John Hurt, The Black Keys, The Persuasions, The Felice Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Harvey Mandel, John Lee Hooker, The North Mississippi Allstars, The Rolling Stones, Robert Johnson, Moby, Dan Auerbach, and more.  

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(Harrisburg) -- State senators gathered in the Capitol on Sunday evening to move a bill that’s been dogging the legislature for the last four years, in various forms.

It would rework the structure of the state’s two heavily indebted public pension systems, a change the bill’s supporters say mitigates risk to taxpayers.

However, the proposal does little to reduce the state’s massive pension debt.

Like several previous GOP pension proposals, it would shift the state’s retirement plan to a three-tiered 401-k-style system—effectively reducing benefits for new hires.

Penn State president Eric Barron
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Penn State president Eric Barron says the university will become a national leader in reforming the college fraternity and sorority system. That’s after the hazing-related death of Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Welcome to Take Note on WPSU, I’m Patty Satalia. Longtime NPR sports commentator Frank Deford died on Sunday. WPSU talked with him in 2007. Among the most celebrated and versatile writers in the country, Deford's work appeared in virtually every medium.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller at podium next to a photo of Timothy Piazza and with his parents in person
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The parents of Timothy Piazza are calling for the firing of university officials and the expulsion of any students culpable in their son’s death. In a letter to Penn State’s Board of Trustees, James and Evelyn Piazza say failures of university administration led to their son’s death in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity in February. A grand jury investigation alleges Timothy Piazza was forced to drink large quantities of alcohol, and died after fraternity members waited 12 hours to call for help when he fell down a flight of stairs.

“Time to Heal” is the latest in a time travel series of historical novels for middle schoolers. The author, Todd McClimans, is also an elementary school principal in York, Pennsylvania. In this third book of his American Epochs series, Kristi travels back through time to the battle fields and make-shift hospitals of the Civil War to find her friend Ty.  

Pennsylvania is the nation’s fifth largest coal producer. Counties in the western, central, and even eastern parts of the state are home to coal mines. But far less coal comes out of the ground than it used to. On this episode, we’ll head to southwestern Pennsylvania where coal mining is a strong part of the area’s identity, and find out what some miners there are grappling with. We’ll hear from our reporter Margaret J. Krauss about a mine rescue team, a retired coal miner worried about his future, and a former miner who had to find new work.

 

There are millions of Americans out there who don't have much of an opinion about their local convenience store brand. They'll stop at a 7-Eleven for a snack, a Shell station for gas and any old truck stop to use the bathroom. They're not likely to describe their relationship with a convenience store as "love."

Those people don't live in Pennsylvania.

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For years the duo She Keeps Bees — songwriter, singer and guitarist Jessica Larrabee and drummer Andy LaPlant — has carved songs simultaneously asperous and velveted, pieces of minimalist rock 'n' roll driven by Larrabee's sensibility of volume and restraint, and bedrocked by a gifted, cashmere voice.

The newly elected South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, will arrive at the White House Thursday for his first meeting with President Trump, which will center on a pressing problem that vexes both countries: North Korea.

The Trump administration calls North Korea's growing weapons capabilities its top foreign policy priority — and will try to make more headway on the issue with its partner, South Korea, which relies on some 28,000 U.S. troops for defense.

Most Americans - 59 percent — think everything possible should be done to make it easy for citizens to vote. Almost 80 percent say they oppose making voting mandatory. These are the results of a new survey from the Pew Research Center, which comes as partisan disputes over voting requirements continue in courts and legislatures across the country.

Actor Michael Nyqvist, a respected Swedish actor whose achieved international fame originating the role of journalist Mikael Blomqvist in the 2009 Swedish-language film Män som Hatar Kvinnor (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and its two sequels, died after a battle with lung cancer, according to a statement released on Tuesday.

(Daniel Craig assumed the role of Blomqvist for the 2011 English-language film adaptation and its follow-ups.)

We open on a beater driving across a washed-out Nevada, with an intro ripped right out of 1985. Echoing drums snap under a chugging bass line as Alex Cameron, dressed in all white, starts to sing about a wound deeper than the layers of synth that ramp up to the chorus — a relationship that you both cannot sustain and cannot leave.

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Making U.S. Elections More Secure Wouldn't Cost Much But No One Wants To Pay

What would it cost to protect the nation's voting systems from attack? About $400 million would go a long way, say cybersecurity experts. It's not a lot of money when it comes to national defense — the Pentagon spent more than that last year on military bands alone — but getting funds for election systems is always a struggle. At a Senate intelligence committee hearing last week about Russian hacking during last year's election , Jeanette Manfra , the acting deputy under secretary for...

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Ethics Group Says U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's Retweet Violated A Federal Law

A watchdog group says a top Trump appointee violated a federal law by retweeting one of President Trump's tweets. In a letter sent Tuesday to the Office of Special Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) requested an investigation into whether the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, improperly used Twitter for political activity. CREW charges that Haley violated the Hatch Act , which prohibits executive branch employees from using their "official...

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Q&A: What Does The Senate Health Bill Mean For Me?

Since Senate Republicans released the draft of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week, many people have been wondering how the proposed changes will affect their own coverage, and their family's: Will my pre-existing condition be covered? Will my premiums go up or down? The bill is still a work in progress, but we've taken a sampling of questions from All Things Considered listeners and answered them, based on what we know now. Q: My husband and I are both in our...

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This GOP Health Bill Proposes New Limits To Medical Malpractice Awards

Last week, a jury awarded a Pennsylvania man $620,000 for pain and suffering in a medical malpractice lawsuit he filed against a surgeon who mistakenly removed his healthy testicle , leaving the painful, atrophied one intact. However, if a bill before the House of Representatives passes, the maximum he would be able to receive for such "non-economic" damages would be $250,000. Non-economic damages cover losses that are hard to put a dollar amount on — such as suffering, loss of a limb, pain,...

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GOP Senate Bill Would Cut Health Care Coverage By 22 Million

Updated at 8:10 pm ET Congressional forecasters say a Senate bill that aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026. That's only slightly fewer uninsured than a version passed by the House in May . Monday's report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could give moderate senators concerned about health care coverage pause. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was quick to register her opposition to the bill. Senate Republican...

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Massive Ransomware Attack Hits Ukraine; Experts Say It's Spreading Globally

Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET Ransomware hit at least six countries Tuesday, including Ukraine, where it was blamed for a large and coordinated attack on key parts of the nation's infrastructure, from government agencies and electric grids to stores and banks. The malware has been called "Petya" — but there is debate in the security community over whether the ransomware is new or a variant that has been enhanced to make it harder to stop. In either case, it appears to be spreading globally, raising...

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White House Suspects Syria Is Preparing For Another Chemical Attack

The White House announced Monday night that it sees signs that the Syrian government is preparing to launch another chemical weapons attack in its war against insurgents. The White House press office released this statement: "The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its...

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How The Erie Canal, About To Turn 200, Helped Build The Empire State

July 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the start of construction on the Erie Canal. It was completed in 1825 and linked Lake Erie in Buffalo with the Hudson River in Albany, making it possible to move materials and goods from the Midwest to New York City. The canal was a feat of engineering in its day, and it transformed upstate New York and turned New York City into the biggest port in the country and one of the most important centers for commerce, trade and finance in the world. Here &...

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3 Chicago Police Officers Accused Of Cover-Up In Killing Of Laquan McDonald

A grand jury indicted three Chicago police officers on felony charges on Tuesday, accusing them of conspiring to cover up the facts of a fatal police shooting in October 2014 of a black teenager in order to shield their fellow officer. Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, according to prosecutors. Dashcam footage, eventually released under a court order more than a year after the killing, showed Van Dyke shooting McDonald as he walked away from the...

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What A Medicaid Rollback Would Mean For Millions Of Americans

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From Film Stars To Naturalists, These Lives Have Become Boozy Inspirations

If you've never heard of Alexander von Humboldt , a once world-renowned Prussian scientist who predicted man-made climate change in 1800 and was an adviser to President Thomas Jefferson, then a New Hampshire distillery is aiming to change that, one glass at a time. "One of the things that really struck a chord with us was that Humboldt was fascinated by nature, and we're fascinated by it, too," says Jamie Oakes of Tamworth Distilling . "We'll take a walk through a sunny pine grove and then...

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High Court To Hear Case Of Cake Shop That Refused To Bake For Same-Sex Wedding

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Supreme Court Revives Parts Of Trump's Travel Ban As It Agrees To Hear Case

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