Judge Orders Trump Administration To Restore DACA As It Existed Under Obama

A federal judge has reversed the Trump administration's latest round of rules placing further limits on the Obama-era program that shields undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children from deportation. Under the order filed Friday, Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn instructed the Department of Homeland Security to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as soon as Monday. In his ruling, Garaufis said...

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Pennsylvania Hospital Beds Filling Up Amid Virus Surge

Dec 3, 2020
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Hospital beds are filling up and medical staffs are being stretched to the limit as Pennsylvania’s health care system copes with a growing number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

Nearly half of all hospitals in the south-central region of the state, and a third of those in the southwest, anticipate staffing shortages within a week, according to the state Department of Health. Nurses in the Philadelphia area say they’re overloaded with COVID-19 patients, impacting the quality of care they can provide.

This map projects the broadband internet coverage in McKean County when its current improvement project completes by the end of 2020. Areas in red will have the highest speeds and areas in blue and green will receive at least 25 Mbps in download speeds.
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Lack of access to broadband internet is a long-existing issue in many parts of Pennsylvania. The pandemic has proven how critical it is, as schools have moved online and remote work has become a way of life.

Andrew "Andy" Isola, from Port Matilda in Centre County, smiling and sitting with his daughter, Kristi Morgan.
Jim Isola


Andrew "Andy" Isola, from Port Matilda in Centre County, died from complications with COVID-19 on Oct. 27. He was 77. WPSU's Anne Danahy spoke with his son, Jim Isola, about what his father was like and why he tells everyone to be safe.

Anne Danahy: Jim Isola, thank you so much for talking with us. And I'm so sorry for your loss.

Jim Isola: Oh, no, I appreciate it. Thank you very much.

Anne Danahy: Can you tell us a little bit about your father Andrew, Andy, Isola What was he like?

FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks from the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court is reinstating former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a child.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a lower-court judge had improperly vacated Spanier’s misdemeanor conviction for the 2001 incident.

Spanier’s defense attorney declined comment.

Rendering of new nursing home
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All but one county in Pennsylvania now has a “substantial” level of community spread of COVID-19, according to the state. As community transmission continues to grow, long term care facilities are seeing a surge of cases as well.

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You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

The World Health Organization defines Palliative Care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness.” It allows patients to continue to seek medical treatments while obtaining pain management, and physical, psychological and spiritual support.

In this Nov. 11, 2020, file photo, a medical worker operates a testing tent at a COVID-19 mobile testing site in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
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Pennsylvania is reporting 9,797 new COVID-19 cases and 107 deaths for Sunday and Monday. That brings the statewide case total to 361,464, and the death toll to 10,383 people.

More people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania than during the peak of the surge last spring, according to data shared by the state’s Department of Health Monday.

Geraldo Cadava
Northwestern University

he 2020 election left many pundits and pollsters scratching their heads about the increased support for Donald Trump among Latino voters. While these conversations seem new every election cycle, our guest this week argues they are part of a much larger story that goes all the way back to the post-WWII era.

WPSU Blues Archive - November 28, 2020

Nov 28, 2020
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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on November 28, 2020 and hosted Adam McMillan, sitting in for Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Chris Smither, Big Maybelle, Nick Waterhouse, Seasick Steve, Chuck E. Weiss, Dion, Devin In A Woodpile, Louis Jordan, Howlin’ Wolf, Delta Moon, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - November 27, 2020

Nov 27, 2020
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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on November 27, 2020, hosted by Amy Lorek.

In the first hour, hear the  Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Tom Browne, Andy LaVerne, LM Pagano, Cedar Walton, Randy Weston, Mood Swing, and more 

In the second hour, hear the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Frank Morgan, SuperBass, Cal Tjader, George Winston, Vince Guaraldi, Wynton Marsalis and Ellis Marsalis, John Pisano, Mark Whitfield, and more.

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At least 18 people have been confirmed dead following a carbon monoxide leak inside a coal mine in southwest China, the nation's Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Those killed in the leak were among 24 people who got trapped in the mine around 5 p.m. local time on Friday when "excessive levels of carbon monoxide" began to seep into the air, according to the state news agency. One person has been pulled from the mine and rescue efforts remain underway to save five others still inside.

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In July, Nick Baldetti resigned as director of the Reno County Health Department in Kansas. But it wasn't the 80-hour workweeks that drove him to quit, it was the hostile political environment and threats to Baldetti's family. "I had the local police watching my house because my family was home and I was not," said Baldetti, who also served as the department's health officer. "There was a period of time that I had escorts to and from work." Baldetti spent years preparing to deal with a public...

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Can Biden's Economic Team Reverse The Pandemic Economy?

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Chinese Chang'e-5 Is Returning From Moon With Rocks, Left A Flag To Celebrate

China's lunar probe Chang'e-5 is on its way back to Earth after a brief visit to the moon Thursday. The craft collected soil and rock samples over the course of about 19 hours and then left the lunar surface. The samples are expected to land on Earth around the middle of the month. Before it left, the spacecraft planted a flag there — making China only the second country to leave its national banner on the moon. China hadn't deployed one in two previous landings. Getting a flag to the moon...

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Facebook Sued By Justice Dept. For Allegedly Discriminating Against U.S. Workers

The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against social media monolith Facebook Thursday, alleging the company "refused to recruit, consider, or hire qualified and available U.S. workers for over 2,600 positions." According to the lawsuit, Facebook allegedly reserved the positions for temporary visa holders it wanted to sponsor for permanent residency in the U.S. The average salary of these positions: $156,000. The lawsuit came after a nearly two-year investigation, according to the Justice...

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Book Recommendations For The Holiday Season From NPR's Petra Mayer

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NPR's Favorite Books Of 2020: The Book Concierge Is Back With 380+ Great Reads

NPR's Book Concierge returns with more books than ever: 380+ new titles handpicked by NPR staff and trusted critics. Find eight years of Concierge recommendations all in one place – that's nearly 2,500 great reads. Open the app now! Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

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