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Lawmakers push for more solar energy use by 2030

Pennsylvania used to be a leader in bringing renewable energy to the state’s power grid, but lawmakers said Wednesday the commonwealth is “lagging behind” its neighbors now. A bipartisan effort to increase renewable energy use in Pennsylvania to 30 percent by 2030...

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Harrisburg protest calls for new gun-control law

As a piece of domestic violence legislation that removes guns from those under a protection from abuse order becomes law today, that bill’s champion – state Sen. Tom Killion, R-9 of Middletown – is setting his sights on further restrictions against those who might use...

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Sharing with students the love of reading

WPVI GERMANTOWN (WPVI) -- In Philadelphia's Germantown section, 100 men spent their morning talking to children about reading. The event happened Wednesday at Mastery Charter School, Pastorius-Richardson elementary, on Sprague street. 100 black men from the community...

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New women’s pro basketball team to play in Chestnut Hill

By Brendan Sample With the introduction of the Philadelphia Reign of the Women’s Basketball Development Association, the City of Philadelphia will welcome its first professional women’s basketball team in more than 20 years. The team was officially introduced at a...

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Senate Democrats push three-part bill to aid farmers

Senate Democrats have announced that they are sponsoring a three-bill legislative package designed to provide additional tax credits to farmers, encourage the use of locally sourced food and expand farmers’ markets. State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes...

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First blood tests in Bucks, Montco show above-average contamination after tainted water

By Laura McCrystal and Justine McDaniel

Residents in Bucks and Montgomery Counties who participated in a blood-testing program because their drinking water was contaminated by chemicals on nearby military bases have a dramatically higher presence of some chemicals in their blood than the general U.S. population — in the case of one chemical, five times more than the typical American.

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Haywood Calls for Raising the Minimum Wage

Stacy M. Brown | Tribune Harrisburg Correspondent

Raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania would go a long way in the fight against poverty, particularly in Philadelphia where the poverty rate is the highest of any big city in the United States, state Sen. Art Haywood said Tuesday during a news conference at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.

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Let’s reduce poverty in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Tribune

The first step toward a solution is admitting there is a problem.

We have a serious problem with poverty in our city.

New office buildings and gentrified neighborhoods tell only part of the story of what is happening in our city.

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Raising minimum wage will cut poverty

By Senator Art Haywood | The Philadelphia Tribune

I read the “Broke in Philly” feature in the Sunday Philadelphia Tribune. I agree that fair funding of Philadelphia schools is a priority for lawmakers. We are aware that about 275,000 adults in Philadelphia have incomes below the poverty level. About 136,000 hardworking Philadelphians work in poverty-pay jobs earning less than $10.10 per hour, according to the Keystone Research Center.

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Danger at the faucet

The Blade | Editorials

As 50,000 students returned to Detroit Public Schools earlier this month, they found themselves without running water. Tests had found elevated levels of lead in the schools’ drinking water.

“I am turning off all drinking water in our schools until a deeper and broad analysis can be conducted to determine the long-term solutions,” Superintendent Nikolai Vitti told the Detroit community.

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Have you “friended” a pocket park lately?

September 7, 2018 | By Philadelphia Sun Staff

The Mt. Airy Business Improvement District is proud to announce a third pocket park was installed recently on Germantown Avenue — at the intersection of Pelham and Germantown avenues, transforming yet another vacant corner into an asset that draws people to the commercial corridor to shop, do business, and dine.

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Haywood: New Law Prompts Testing for Lead in Drinking Water in Schools


On July 18, 2018 Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) said 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,” Haywood 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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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...

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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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