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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Three weeks after Hurricane Maria, 84 percent of Puerto Rico still has no power. (WikiImages/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – In New York, California, Indiana, Illinois and Washington D.C., activists held a National Day of Action on Wednesday, calling on Congress to pass a recovery aid package for Puerto Rico. Three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, almost 90 percent of the island is still without electr

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

In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects gay employees from discrimination. (fsHH/Pixabay)

NEW YORK - Does the Civil Rights Act protect from discrimination based on sexual orientation? That's the question a federal appeals court in New York took up on Tuesday. When Donald Zarda was fired for being gay, he sued - claiming that violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits di

New York City is still recovering from the impact of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. (Andrea Sears)

NEW YORK – New Yorkers held a vigil outside the Exxon Building in Manhattan Wednesday night in solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Harvey. With the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy rapidly approaching, a coalition of environmental and civic action groups gathered to mourn the lives

Under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department argues the Civil Rights Act doesn’t cover sexual orientation. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

NEW YORK – The U.S. Justice Department says federal civil rights law doesn't protect lesbians and gay men from workplace discrimination. In 2010, Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor working on Long Island, was fired after revealing he was gay. He sued, charging a violation of Title VII of t

NARAL has been advocating for state laws to protect contraceptive coverage. (Pattymooney/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK -- Reproductive-rights advocates say a leaked Trump administration draft regulation threatens birth control insurance coverage for millions of women. Dated May 23, the "interim final rule" was circulated to several government agencies for comment. If put into effect as written, the rule w

National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers document rights violations at protests. (Thomas Altfather Good/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

NEW YORK – With May Day demonstrations taking place in cities across the country Monday, the National Lawyers Guild is fielding on-the-ground legal support in case of arrests. Organizers are calling it a national day of protest against Trump administration policies on everything from the env

Almost 80 percent of New York City subway stations are not wheelchair accessible. (Jim Henderson/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority systematically excludes people with disabilities, according to a claim in two class-action lawsuits filed Tuesday. A coalition of disability-rights groups filed the lawsuits in state and federal court. They allege that the MTA's failu

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