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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - NY: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

The Trump administration has blocked the Clean Water Rule, which protects flood-absorbing wetlands. (terimakasih0/Pixabay)

NEW YORK - Federal budget proposals that cut environmental programs would put New Yorkers at risk, according to a new analysis. From Texas to Florida and Puerto Rico, hurricanes have brought catastrophic damage this year. But the report, called "Less Shelter from the Storm," said the Trump administ

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

Almost 850,000 children in the state of New York live in poverty, nearly half in extreme poverty. (rubberduck1951/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures show little change in child poverty in New York state. The data shows that, nationally, more than 13 million children, or 18 percent, lived in poverty in 2016, a drop of almost two percent. But, New York's child poverty rate was almost three p

Every major bay and estuary on Long Island has been affected by algae blooms, oxygen depletion or both. (USEPA)

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – Every major bay and estuary across Long Island has been affected by harmful algal blooms this year, according to a new report. The annual water-quality assessment, released this week, says this year has been marked by shellfish poisoned by algae in May, the longest brown-ti

Sanders' Medicare for All bill has the support of 17 Democratic senators. (USCongress)

NEW YORK – A nationwide doctors' organization says the health-care bill introduced by Bernie Sanders would be a major step in the right direction. The senator from Vermont unveiled his Medicare for All program Wednesday. It would replace private insurance with a national, single-payer system

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

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