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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Low-income communities of color largely have been shut out of advances in clean energy technology. (brian kusler/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Consumer advocates have renewed their call for a people's commissioner to serve on the state's Public Service Commission. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has chosen nominees for two of the three vacant seats on the PSC: John Rhodes, the current head of the New York State Energy Research and Dev

Victims of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene urge passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act. (Travis Proulx)

NEW YORK – New Yorkers affected by climate change were in Albany this week, calling on state legislators to turn the state's clean energy goals into law. People from across the state gathered in the capital to urge passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act, or CCPA. Dan Sherrell,

Nearly 83 percent of SNAP households have children, seniors or people with disabilities. (USDA/Flickr)

NEW YORK - President Trump's budget, according to many advocates for the poor, would make Americans weaker, sicker and hungrier. The $4.1 trillion budget boosts military spending and doles out huge tax breaks, paid for by cuts to programs om which millions of low-income Americans rely to survive. A

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.

The New York Health Act would ensure that every New Yorker has access to health care. (Tammra McCauley/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. – A single payer health plan would bring affordable health care to all New Yorkers if a measure approved Tuesday in the State Assembly becomes law. It would make New York the first state in the nation to give every resident health care. The care would be paid for by an employm

The Senate Finance Committee has passed the Comptroller's Clean Contracting Bill. (wadester16/Flickr)

NEW YORK – It's time to clean up the way the state of New York awards contracts, according to leading watchdog groups that gathered in Albany on Wednesday. State and federal prosecutors say bids for $800 million in state contracts were rigged in the largest scandal of its kind in New York hi

A new lawsuit contends drilling for oil in the Atlantic Ocean would threaten critical habitat for whales, fish and coral. (NOAA)

NEW YORK – Environmental groups and Alaska Native Americans say President Donald Trump has exceeded his authority by reversing the ban on drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, and they're suing to stop him. The permanent ban, instituted by President Barack Obama, applies to 31 biologic

Treating drug addiction as a health issue rather than a crime has a proven track record of success. (Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Drug policy should be based on facts, not fear. That's one of the messages scientists, academics and their allies will be taking to the nation's capital this Saturday. Responding to the rise of "alternative facts," the National March for Science is being promoted as a call for policymake

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