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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - NY: Civic Engagement

The Water Walk for Life will travel 170 miles in 13 days, following the proposed pipeline route. (Andy Cross)

NEW YORK -- On Saturday, a Buddhist nun will begin a 13-day, 170-mile Water Walk for Life to protest a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey. Jun Yasuda, a world renowned environmental and human rights activist, will be leading the walk. According to George Cho, a spokesman for Water Wa

New York's 578 public authorities have a total debt of $269.9 billion. (Authorities Budget Office)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The billions of dollars spent on Industrial Development Authorities in New York are not creating "measurable benefits," according to a new report. The latest Authorities Budget Office report found significant problems at many of the 578 public authorities now operating in New York. T

The EPA’s Superfund could be cut, leaving sites in New York still awaiting cleanup. (Peak Player/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. – More than 100 New York organizations have launched a Campaign to Save the EPA. Environmentalists, doctors, public health and civic groups from across the state have joined together to educate and mobilize New Yorkers. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of the group Environmen

Nurses say optimal staffing levels improve patient outcomes. (travisdmchenry/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Assigning too many patients to a single nurse can be dangerous. That's the message nurses want state legislators to hear. Nurses from across the state are calling for passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. The bipartisan bill has almost 100 co-sponsors in the State Asse

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

National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers document rights violations at protests. (Thomas Altfather Good/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

NEW YORK – With May Day demonstrations taking place in cities across the country Monday, the National Lawyers Guild is fielding on-the-ground legal support in case of arrests. Organizers are calling it a national day of protest against Trump administration policies on everything from the env

A new report says granting DACA status increases employment rates and workers' wages, and contributes substantially to state tax coffers. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Undocumented immigrants who arrived as children contribute millions in tax dollars to New York, according to a new report. The Trump administration is sending mixed messages about whether those granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status by the Obama administration will be depo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for the development of 2.4 GW of offshore wind power by 2030. (Hans Hillewaert/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Tomorrow is Earth Day and, though efforts to fight climate change are under attack in the nation's capital, here in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting high marks for his clean-energy initiatives. However, some in the environmental community say he needs to do more. They give C

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