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Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate threatens in-state tuition discounts

Oct 19, 2017
In Pennsylvania, a budget stalemate — one that’s been going on for more than three months now — is threatening millions of dollars that some universities count on to lower their in-state tuition. The state’s legislature adopted the budget over the summer, but it still hasn’t agreed on how to pay for it. Meanwhile, four schools — […]

When transportation barriers become economic barriers

Aug 18, 2017
The types of jobs that are open to residents of Erie City, Pennsylvania, can depend on their access to transportation.
Rhonda Glover and her youngest son Romeo, ride an Erie bus across town.
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Infrastructure spending could be good news for the steel industry — if it ever happens

May 18, 2017
It's time to take away the 'distracting toys and get back to work,' says Lisa Goldenberg of the Delaware Steel Co.
"We better get started on infrastructure now or our grandchildren won't even begin to see it," Lisa Goldenberg says.
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Rebuilding Corry, Pennsylvania, one store at a time

Apr 5, 2017
A group of women business owners has a plan to revive the former oil boomtown.
Sisters Wendy Neckers and Valerie Beckerink grew up near Corry, Pennsylvania and returned as adults. They manage two businesses in the downtown area, which they’re trying to help revitalize.
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Facing skills gap, employers send workers to college

Feb 28, 2017
Copper tubing manufacturer pays its mechanics to learn advanced skills.
Daniel Waller (left) is manager of maintenance systems at Cambridge-Lee Industries in Reading, Pa. With more employees like Waller, 63, nearing retirement, the company is training workers like Alexander Jones, 23, to replace them.
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Baby boomers retrain in sought-after skills

Feb 27, 2017
About half of jobs today require more than a high school diploma, but less than a college degree.
Joe Snyder, 56, recently graduated from a precision machining technology program at Berks Career and Technology Center near Reading, Pennsylvania.
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Here’s why vocational training is in high demand

Feb 23, 2017
With technical skills in demand, vocational programs try to shake old stereotype.
Tim DeAcosta, 17, studies precision machining at Berks Career and Technology Center near Reading, Pa.
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Philadelphia’s transit strike could affect who wins the election

Nov 3, 2016
While a massive headache for local residents, the strike could also have national consequences if it extends to next Tuesday.
Will voters in Philadelphia be able to get to the polls on Tuesday?
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Fracking chemicals found in Pennsylvania drinking water

May 5, 2015
Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Tong about fracking chemicals found in drinking water

Allentown bets big to shed its former image

Sep 11, 2014
Pennsylvania's third largest city has been dying for decades. Can it build itself back to life?
More than 700 construction workers toil away around the clock in the last two weeks before downtown Allentown’s new hockey arena, the PPL Center, opens. This view is from developer J.B. Reilly’s office.
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