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Starting this year, Pa. schools must test lead in drinking water, or explain why not


Many thought lead in drinking water was a problem of the past — until the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, a few years back.

And then a U.S. Government Accountability Office survey polled school districts across the country on testing for lead in drinking water in 2017. Fewer than half of those surveyed did testing; of those that did, more than a third found elevated levels.

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Madre hispana y sus seis niños temen quedar sin techo

“Él me daba todos los días, enfrente de mis hijos… a veces. Y no podía vivir así”, dijo. Huyendo de este tipo de vida, buscó refugio en uno de los hogares pertenecientes a esta organización, pero en los últimos meses su situación se complicó.

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Katie Muth on “Two Broads Talking Politics” podcast

I grew up in Western PA, outside the suburbs of Pittsburgh. My mom’s family was from there. My dad’s family is from Latrobe nearby. I grew up with humble means but I had great parents so we didn’t know any better.   Unfortunately, I lost my mom when I was 11. She had...

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York County schools might test for lead in drinking water with new law

By Lindsay C. VanAsdalan | York Dispatch

York County schools — along with all other schools statewide — will now be required to test for lead in their drinking water, or at least discuss the issue in public. Legislation that passed with the 2018-19 state budget amended the school code so that all facilities where children attend school — including charters, cyber schools and intermediate units — must be tested, or the school entity must inform the community about lead issues at a public meeting.

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Senator urges testing lead in schools’ drinking water

The Philadelphia Tribune

Sen. Art Haywood, (Philadelphia/Montgomery) said on Wednesday that provisions in the recently enacted School Code will prompt school districts to test for lead in drinking water in Pennsylvania schools.

“A 2014 study by the state Department of Health found that 18 communities across Pennsylvania have children who have tested positive for increased levels of lead,” he said. “We must do what we can to reduce exposure to lead and ensure that school facilities do not have lead in drinking water.”

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Racist Club That Called Cops On Black Golfers Urged By State To Change?

By Clarissa Hamlin | Newsone

The five Black women golfers at the center of an attention-grabbing racial profiling case may motivate a Pennsylvania commission to recommend policy reforms at a local golf course. A third hearing was held with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Wednesday over the April 21 incident in which activist Sandra Thompson and four other women were removed from the Grandview Golf Club in York.

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Read to Succeed program back for a sixth year

By Sam Haut | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

The aim is to increase children’s reading. But the problem is simple math.

State Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, said that young students who don’t keep up their reading skills during the summer lose an average of three months of the skills and knowledge they gained in school – the so-called “summer slide.” Then that time has to be made up.

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Senator leads call to impeach Trump

By Stacy M. Brown  | The Philadelphia Tribune

Despite President Donald Trump’s executive order to reverse his own policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, state Sen. Art Haywood has introduced a resolution asking his colleagues to call on Congress to draft and adopt articles of impeachment for the president.

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Bartolotta’s domestic violence bill advances in House

By J.D. Prose | Beaver County Times

A bill co-sponsored by state Sen. Camera Bartolotta that would help domestic and sexual violence victims who live in public housing unanimously passed a House committee Tuesday.

Senate Bill 919, introduced by Bartolotta, R-46, Carroll Township, Washington County, and Democratic state Sens. Judith Schwank of Berks County and Art Haywood of Montgomery County in October, was approved by the House Urban Affairs Committee and sent to the floor for consideration.

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Pa. lawmakers pushing bill banning Down syndrome abortions

By Gillian McGoldrick | The Philadelphia Inquirer

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Republican-controlled Senate came one step closer to considering a controversial bill — which had been thought to be stalled in committee — that would outlaw aborting fetuses based solely on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

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VILLAGE VIEW: MSNBC special tackles racism

By Bonnie Squires | Mainline Times

It was not clairvoyance, but whoever books guests for MSNBC happened to have invited Valerie Jarrett to appear on the taped “Everyday Racism in America” special. The Prince Theatre in Philadelphia had been selected as the venue. And this was the week before the tweet from Roseanne Barr had hit the airwaves.

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Manor College in Abington graduates Class of 2018

ABINGTON >> As the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance” permeated the gymnasium of Manor College May 17, more than 100 students processed down the aisle of the auditorium, beaming and waving to their families and friends on their way to becoming graduates, earning an...

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Manor College graduates Class of 2018

By Kelly Peiffer | Montoco.Today

As the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance” permeated the gymnasium of Manor College on Thursday, May 17, over 100 students processed down the aisle of the auditorium, beaming and waving to their families and friends on their way to becoming graduates, earning an Associate in Art and/or Science degree. Manor College welcomed Pennsylvania State Senator Art Haywood as the 2018 Commencement Speaker. Brenda Roselle, a Trustee member of the Manor College Board of Trustees served as the Master of Ceremonies, while Marta J. Penjalskyj, a graduating member of the Class of 2018, delivered an inspirational and heartfelt commencement oration.

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Pa. state Sen. Art Haywood selected as Manor College 2018 commencement speaker

By Stan Huskey | Montco Today

JENKINTOWN — Manor College recently announced that Art Haywood, Pennsylvania state senator, will be the commencement speaker for the upcoming graduation on May 17, 2018.

Haywood has been an advocate for hard work and education, which stems from his upbringing and his mother who was a public-school teacher. Haywood attended Morehouse College, the London School of Economics and the University of Michigan Law School. His legal work comprises saving families from home foreclosure, aiding nonprofit organizations, representing organizations focused on community, education, and affordable housing.

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Seven domestic violence bills advance through PA Senate

By Stephen Caruso | City & State PA

A bipartisan group of senators this week announced their hopes for an upcoming vote on a package of seven bills that address domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

The bills ultimately passed the Senate Wednesday, with one of the bills headed to the governor’s desk.

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Senate passes raft of crime bills, including tighter gun law

(Harrisburg) -- With heavy snow falling, the state Senate made it into the Capitol Wednesday to vote through a raft of bills that aim to increase protections for crime victims. One of the measures is now on its way to the governor's desk, and six others are headed to...

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Senate passes gun control measure among domestic violence bills

HARRISBURG — The state Senate Wednesday approved a package of bills aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence, including a measure that will close a loophole in the state’s gun law that victims' advocates have said makes it too easy for abusers to access...

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