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PNS Daily Newscast - August 16, 2017 


On our rundown today: Trump says there were “very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday; a Minnesota church leader urges people to stand up against hate groups; and civil rights groups are outraged over the potential pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Public News Service - NY: Livable Wages/Working Families

Even a short stay in jail can affect employment, housing or child custody. (Michael Fleischhacker/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The first phone call after an arrest can be critical, and now a hotline in New York City is helping make sure it counts. More than a quarter million people are arrested in New York each year, most for nonviolent misdemeanors. But in the age of cellphones, many people don't memorize impor

New York's 578 public authorities have a total debt of $269.9 billion. (Authorities Budget Office)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The billions of dollars spent on Industrial Development Authorities in New York are not creating "measurable benefits," according to a new report. The latest Authorities Budget Office report found significant problems at many of the 578 public authorities now operating in New York. T

Airport attendants who assist people in wheelchairs say the wheelchairs often are not properly cleaned between passengers. (Daniel Lobo/Flickr)

NEW YORK -- Contracted workers at New York's LaGuardia and Philadelphia International Airports are demanding better treatment and recognition of their union. Airport attendants who help passengers in wheelchairs took their case to American Airlines executives at last week's shareholders meeting in

More than 70 percent of freelancers surveyed had been cheated out of pay. (Pexels)

NEW YORK – Freelance workers and independent contractors in New York City now have added protection from people who don't pay. The Freelance Isn't Free Act went into effect on Monday. More than a million New Yorkers work as freelancers, and according to Caitlin Pearce, director of member eng

Nurses say optimal staffing levels improve patient outcomes. (travisdmchenry/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Assigning too many patients to a single nurse can be dangerous. That's the message nurses want state legislators to hear. Nurses from across the state are calling for passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. The bipartisan bill has almost 100 co-sponsors in the State Asse

Advocates say 2.7 million New Yorkers would lose insurance under the Republican health care plan. (Pictures of Money/Flickr)

NEW YORK – When Congress returns from recess, repealing the Affordable Care Act could be back on the table, with some changes that critics say would cost New York billions of dollars. Republicans in Congress have been drafting a new bill to replace the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare. Opp

Primeflight employs more than 4,500 airport workers around the country. (BonnieHenderson/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Airport workers have launched a national hotline to help build a case against a contractor they say has a long history of violating labor laws. Primeflight employs baggage handlers, airplane cleaners and other workers at airports in nine states. Last fall, workers in New Jersey fi

The Climate and Community Protection Act called for 100 percent renewable energy in the state of New York by 2050. (Kenueone/pixabay.com)

NEW YORK -- The state budget must fight climate change and create green jobs - that's the message labor union leaders are sending to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. With the Trump administration rolling back federal programs to combat climate change, leaders of a half dozen labor unions have written a letter t

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