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PNS Daily Newscast - April 23, 2018 


The Waffle House shooter had an earlier weapons arrest near the White House. Also on our Monday rundown: new eviction data underscores America’s affordable-housing crisis; plus we will take you to a state where one county is putting juvenile justice under public health.

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Public News Service - NY: Women's Issues

After 1978 the number of women in prison nationwide increased at twice the rate of men. (leks/Pixabay.com)

NEW YORK – Prison populations are dropping in most states, but a new study finds that the number of incarcerated women is not falling as fast as it is for men. Nationally, the total prison population peaked around 2009. The study, compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative, shows that most s

Around the country, thousands of rape kits have sat for years without being tested. (DarkoStojanovic/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – New York City is getting some federal help to eliminate its backlog of untested rape kits. The Justice Department's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative is distributing $34 million to 20 jurisdictions around the country. The grants will help test kits that have often sat in evidence lock

Nationwide, the bill would cut federal health care funding by $124 billion by 2026. (estableman/Pixabay)

NEW YORK -- Two Republican senators are working on a new bill to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, and analysts say it would hit New Yorkers hard. Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., reportedly are working with the White House on a bill that would cut Medicaid, institute a per cap

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

New York law currently can force a pregnant woman to carry a nonviable fetus to term. (Pexels)

NEW YORK - Legislation to allow women in New York to get later abortions if their fetus isn't viable faces an uncertain future in the state Senate. The current law, written before the Roe vs. Wade decision, only allows abortions after 24 weeks if a pregnancy endangers the life of the mother. Erika

About 200,000 ounces of donor breast milk are needed to feed premature babies in New York each year. (The New York Milk Bank)

NEW YORK – The New York state budget now allows low-income mothers to get donor breast milk for premature babies through Medicaid. Low-weight, premature infants are at high risk of dying from necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC. The best food to help them ward off the disease is human breast mil

Brenda Berkman, one of the first women firefighters in New York City, joined the FDNY in 1982. (Brenda Berkman)

NEW YORK – Pioneering women firefighters will be among the tens of thousands of women and men participating in the Women's March on Washington this Saturday. In the late 1970s, Brenda Berkman filed a sex discrimination suit against the New York City Fire Department and went on to serve 25 ye

Moms United believes the war on drugs, attacks on immigrants and on the poor all are interconnected. (A New PATH)

NEW YORK - As 2016 draws to a close, one organization has issued a set of New Year's resolutions calling on mothers everywhere to preserve advances in human rights. Moms United to End the War on Drugs was founded seven years ago to fight policies the group says destroy families and promote mass inc

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