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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: Livable Wages/Working Families

The raises will affect about 40,000 workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports. (32BJ)

NEW YORK – Workers are celebrating a victory that will bring raises and wage parity to those who work for subcontractors at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports. In 2014, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey promised better wages for bag

The U.S. Dept. of Labor wants to allow the sale of insurance plans that don't include the essential health benefits outlined in the Affordable Care Act. (paulbr75/Pixabayhospital)

NEW YORK -- The federal Department of Labor is proposing a rule that critics say would allow the sale of what some call "junk" health insurance. Published in the Federal Register last week, the rule would loosen restrictions on Association Health Plans, offered by professional groups or other asso

Subcontracted airport workers attended Thursday's meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners. (Carmen Cusido/32BJ SEIU)

NEW YORK – It's time to keep the promise of better wages and benefits - that's the message workers from JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports delivered to the Port Authority on Thursday. In 2014, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey promised airport workers a better wage and benefit pl

New York's poverty rate is still higher than it was in 2007, before the Great Recession. (Leroy_Skalstad/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Poverty in New York is declining, but a new report says it's still above pre-recession levels and threatened cuts would undermine the progress that has been made. The report, from the Coalition on Human Needs and Citizen Action of New York, shows that in 2016 the poverty rate

Reaching New York's clean energy goals will take about $30 billion a year in public and private investments, according to a new report. (josealbafotos/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – New York needs to dramatically increase public and private investments in clean energy to reach its renewable energy and carbon reduction goals, according to a new report from the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo want

Almost 685,000 New York children were enrolled in CHIP in 2016. (Semevent/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – The House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill to refinance the Children's Health Insurance Program, but the funding is still in doubt. Nationwide, 9 million children, including almost 685,000 in New York, get their health insurance through CHIP. Funding for the program

Eliminating deductions for state and local taxes would increase taxes on the middle class, an analysis points out. (stevepb/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – An analysis of the recently release Republican tax plan says it would benefit the wealthy and hurt working people. It's been called the biggest proposed overhaul of the tax code in decades. It would cut corporate taxes by more than 40 percent, close some loopholes and shrink the n

Clean energy advocates say so far only 200 low-income families in New York have gained access to solar power. (Geo Geller)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – New York's working class and minority communities still can't access clean, renewable power, according to activists seeking the attention of New York's energy czar. Members of the Energy Democracy Alliance interrupted the keynote speech at the Reforming the Energy Vision, or

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