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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2018 


Students send a stern message to President Trump on guns; also on our nationwide rundown; we will tell you why canceling student loan debt would boost the economy; plus the Trump Budget calls for a 90-Percent cut to a decades-old Public Lands Program

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Public News Service - NY: Mental Health

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

After 1978 the number of women in prison nationwide increased at twice the rate of men. (leks/Pixabay.com)

NEW YORK – Prison populations are dropping in most states, but a new study finds that the number of incarcerated women is not falling as fast as it is for men. Nationally, the total prison population peaked around 2009. The study, compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative, shows that most s

A new report says 100 percent of New York City public-school students ages 5 to 12 who were handcuffed by police were children of color. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

NEW YORK – When a student in emotional distress in a New York City public school is black, police are much more likely to be involved, according to a new report. The group Advocates for Children of New York says police are intervening in incidents that should be handled by clinically-trained m

Almost 300,000 New Yorkers participate in Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services. (agilemktg1/Flickr)

NEW YORK – The GOP health bill now in the U.S. Senate would be especially harmful to seniors and people with disabilities, according to a new report. With the per-capita cap on Medicaid spending that would be imposed under the American Health Care Act, states would be forced to make cuts.

Repealing the ACA could result in eliminating benefits such as rehabilitation therapy. (Roger Mommaerts/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Advocates for people with disabilities say dismantling the Affordable Care Act would be catastrophic for them. Repealing the ACA would turn back the clock on progress toward increasing independence and opportunities for this population over the last quarter-century, said Susan Dooha, exe

The U.S. Justice Department has submitted a

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The U.S. Justice Department has submitted a "statement of interest" in a lawsuit seeking to end the solitary confinement of juveniles in a New York jail. The lawsuit, filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York, challenges the ongoing p

Zoran Teodorvic was housed in the mental observation unit of Westchester County Jail. (Family of Teodorovic)

NEW YORK – A lawsuit over the death of a mentally ill man beaten by corrections officers in Westchester County 16 years ago still is making its way through the courts. Zoran Teodorovic was being held on a misdemeanor trespassing charge when guards beat him at the Westchester County jail. Fou

Changing the ACA could limit access to health care for people with disabilities. (NPS Graphics/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Advocates for people with disabilities say they're worried about them losing health coverage and other necessities as power shifts in Washington. Though Republicans in Congress have voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health

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