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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - NY: Health Issues

Health advocates say no one has ever died of an opioid overdose in a safer consumption space. (Todd Huffman [CC BY 2.0]/ Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Medical professionals, city lawmakers and others gathered at New York City Hall on Thursday to urge the city to create safer-consumption spaces. One New Yorker dies of a drug overdose every seven hours, and the number of deaths rises every year. Drug-treatment providers say 30 yea

More than ten times as many Americans are now imprisoned for drug offenses than in 1980. (babawawa/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — A new, 50-state study finds that putting more people in jail for drug offenses doesn't reduce drug use or overdose deaths. On Monday, President Donald Trump called for harsher sentences, including the death penalty for drug traffickers, to combat the opioid epidemic. Jake Horowitz

The state of New York has only one paid ombudsman per 4,466 long-term care beds, less than half the recommended level. (unclelkt/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York needs to increase the number of people who can offer support for those in long-term care, according to advocates for older residents and people with disabilities who are delivering that message in Albany Wednesday. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program gives those who

Sewage treatment plants are not required to remove pharmaceuticals from the water they treat. (Jim Henderson/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A new study has found concentrations of prescription drugs in water throughout a 155-mile stretch of the Hudson River. Researchers tested water samples for 16 different pharmaceutical compounds including antibiotics, cholesterol medication and acetaminophen. According to Andrew Ju

President Donald Trump has proposed substituting packages of commodity foods for about half of SNAP benefits. (USDA/Flickr)

NEW YORK – The budget proposed by President Donald Trump on Monday would slash funding for food assistance for low-income Americans. Under the Trump budget proposal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would substitute packages of "shelf-stable" foods, such as pasta, cereal and canned goods,

Advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities say every $1 invested in independent-living centers saves the state $9. (Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. – State funding for New York's independent-living centers hasn't increased in ten years, and that needs to change - that's the message being delivered to state lawmakers today by advocates for people with disabilities. Some 41 independent-living centers provide direct services to

In 2016, there were more than 2,900 opioid related deaths in New York State. (picman2/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Drug-policy watchdog groups are calling Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement that he is adding fentanyl analogs to New York State's controlled substances schedule "a step in the wrong direction." Comments by Jeremy Saunders, co-director of VOCAL New York, a statewide grassroots group.

The Clean Water Rule clarifies which streams and wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act. (herbert2512/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Environmental groups have joined with New York and nine other states in a lawsuit to end delays in implementing the Clean Water Rule. The 2015 rule clarified which small streams and wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act. Last week, Environmental Protection Agency Adminis

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