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PNS Daily News - May 23, 2017 


A deadly attack at a pop concert in England; the President urges peace in the Middle East; and a Supreme Court win for voting rights advocates. Details on those stories in today's news.

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Public News Service - NY: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

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

The budget includes $110 million to protect drinking water at the source. (Visit Finger Lakes/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York's environment will get a big boost in the new state budget. While the last details of the state-spending plan still are being nailed down, the budget extender bills passed Monday include what environmentalists are calling historic investments in clean water, natural r

One study estimates the New York Health Act would save almost $45 billion in the first year. (401(K) 2012/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Doctors, nurses and lawmakers are rallying in Albany today, urging the state Senate to pass a statewide single-payer health-care bill. The New York Health Act already has passed in the Assembly twice and is co-sponsored by almost half of all state senators. If it becomes law, it w

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