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Risking Backlash, Trump Plans To Recognize Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

Dec 6, 2017

Updated at 10:22 a.m. ET Wednesday

President Trump will announce tomorrow that the United States considers Jerusalem the capital of Israel, a reversal of longstanding policy that risks stoking anger and unrest across the Middle East.

Administration officials outlined the decision in a call with reporters Tuesday night. The announcement has been signaled for days with Arab and Muslim leaders increasing their pleas that Trump not take this step.

Replacing Gephardt

Dec 6, 2017

UPDATE — NPR's David Welna reports on the battle to succeed Dick Gephardt as the leading of the Democrats in the House. Two candidates have emerged: Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco liberal and the current Democratic whip, and Martin Frost, a centrist Texas Democrat who is making ideology his campaign theme. Frost says it would be a mistake for the Democrats to turn to the left in the wake of their disappointing showing in this year's midterm elections. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House has passed a bill to fund the commonwealth's jobless claims system for another four years, and the Senate will likely agree to it.

Last year, a standoff over financial mismanagement in the system resulted in nearly 500 layoffs from unemployment compensation call centers.

Lawmakers have struggled since then to right the situation.

The House-passed bill would give the UC program more than $115 million, phased out over four years. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House has kicked forward a proposal to outlaw automatic deductions from state workers' paychecks for union dues that contribute to political activity. 

Supporters call it a "paycheck protection" bill.

Though they had a lot on their agenda Tuesday, arguments on the measure took up most of the day.

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Bannon Campaigns For Roy Moore

Dec 6, 2017

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PA Voters Testify In Federal Gerrymandering Trial

Dec 6, 2017
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KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - On the second day of trial in a federal case over partisan gerrymandering and the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s congressional district map, seven voters named as plaintiffs in the case testified that they believe their vote doesn’t count. 

New York State Budget Won't Be Easy In 2018

Dec 6, 2017
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ALBANY (WSKG) - One of the biggest challenges that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers will face in 2018 is balancing the state’s budget, which already has a structural deficit of more than $4 billion. On top of that, federal changes to taxes and health care could cost the state billions more in lost funding. 

State tax revenues are down, contributing to the largest structural budget gap in seven years. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli estimates the deficit to be about $4.4 billion.

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