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PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown: President Trump takes to the phone in last minute attempts to urge GOP members to back Ryancare; We take a closer look at what A.C.A. repeal could mean to the health of kids in North Carolina; plus an unusual plea from New York millionaires – please raise our taxes.

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Public News Service - NY: Welfare Reform

Cutting people off SNAP is expected to put added pressure on food banks and soup kitchens. (USDA/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The improvements in the national economy mean about 51,000 New Yorkers will soon lose access to food stamps, or SNAP benefits. New York is one of 23 states where federal waivers that expanded access to SNAP are ending. That means many able-bodied single adults, ages 18 to 49 and with no

Uber is facing a slew of lawsuits by disability advocates claiming the company is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Credit: Anders Wiuff/freeimages.com<br />

NEW YORK - Uber is under fire from those who accuse the ride-hailing service of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Several lawsuits claim the company rejected guide dogs for the blind and passengers in wheelchairs. And a group of cab drivers just filed a lawsuit against New York City c

People who receive SNAP benefits get an average of $1.40 per meal. Credit: Eric/Flickr.com

NEW YORK - Anti-hunger advocates have been quick to respond to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement that jobs go unfilled because people in the federal food-stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, are "doing too good." The remark was qu

PHOTO: Karen Boorshtein (center), president, CEO of Family Service League of Long Island is among social workers “shocked” by a report from a libertarian think-tank that suggests poor Americans are living comfortably on public assistance and have no incentive to find work. Courtesy FSLLI

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. – A report from a libertarian think-tank that says poor Americans are living comfortably on public assistance has New York social workers shocked. The report, titled The Work versus Welfare Trade-Off: 2013, by the CATO Institute says that people on public assistance have lit

ALBANY, N.Y. - New Yorkers worried about separating truth from fiction during the next five months leading up to Election Day may have the antidote for campaign baloney in a new "Truth Squad." The group of seven experts on safety-net and social-insurance issues was assembled by a coalition called R

President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Wednesday criticized Arizona's law that makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime. But in contrast to Arizona, a growing number of cities around the country are taking a different approach: They are issuing identification cards (ID)

NEW YORK - If times weren't hard enough for the nonprofits that fill in the gaps of society's so-called safety net, their recession-related funding cuts may be aggravated by proposals in many states, including New York, that they be hit with new fees and taxes, as part of states' plans to balance bu

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The U.S. Senate reached bipartisan agreement and passed a $15-billion 'jobs bill' this week, but some are voicing concern the measure may not do enough for the nearly one-in-ten New Yorkers who are unemployed. The Senate deserves credit for passing a jobs bill, according to Charlie

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