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PNS Daily News - August 23, 2017 


Chaos expected as the President visits Nevada; New York teachers speak out about standardized test scores; and Illinois lawmakers take on gender-based price discrepancies. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - NY: Health Issues

Smog causes hundreds of premature deaths nationally every year. (Robert Young/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Environmental and public health groups are breathing a sigh of relief that the Environmental Protection Agency will not postpone implementation of standards for smog-forming ozone. In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the standards, scheduled to go into effect on

Ending subsidies would force insurers to leave the marketplaces or raise premiums, health care advocates say. (LaDawna Howard/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Ending federal health-insurance subsidies would make prices go up almost immediately, according to healthcare advocates. Following the failure of Senate efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump reiterated his threat to sabotage the law by ending required payments

The Delaware River provides drinking water to more than 17 million people. (Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Environmental groups are visiting Harrisburg and three other state capitals this week to deliver a petition calling for a ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin. The governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware plus the Army Corps of Engineers make up the Dela

Reducing ozone will require new sources to use the best emissions-control technology. (Ozzy Delaney/Flickr)

NEW YORK – A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington asks the federal courts to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s delay in implementing revised smog standards. The EPA itself estimates that when communities meet the 2015 standards it will prevent 230,000 asthma attacks and 160,0

Medicaid lists physical therapy as an “optional” service. (Roger Mommaerts/Flickr)

NEW YORK – As the U.S. Senate takes up its health care bill again this week, advocates for people with disabilities are concerned that cuts to Medicaid could limit benefits that provide critical care. The Republican Party’s plan unveiled before the July 4 recess would cut Medicaid fund

The Environmental Protection Agency suspended rules that limit pollution from new oil and gas facilities. (Scott L/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A federal appeals court in Washington has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s plans to roll back environmental regulations. Last month, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt imposed a 90-day moratorium on rules regulating emissions from new oil and gas wells, then proposed e

Highly radioactive fuel rods currently are stored on site in spent fuel pools or dry cask storage. (NRC)

NEW YORK – A bill reviving plans to ship thousands of tons of highly radioactive waste thousands of miles by road, rail and barge may come up for a vote in the House this month. HR 3053 passed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee last week, breathing new life into cancelled plans for a

Since 2005, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative states have reduced carbon emissions by 40 percent. (PublicDomainPictures)

NEW YORK - President Trump may try to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, but the states that already are cutting emissions wield a lot of political and economic power. Nine states, including New York, participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a mandatory, market-based program t

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