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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2017 


GOP leaders reach an agreement on their tax bill, we have a report on the likely squeeze on state and local revenues; also on our nationwide rundown; should ex-felons have the right to vote or own guns? And we will clue you in on the most dangerous place to drive this holiday season.

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Public News Service - NY: Children's Issues

The state needs to increase education funding by $1.5 billion next year to maintain current services to students, according to a new report. (ArtisticOperations/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – A new report says New York State needs to increase education funding by $2 billion next year. The report from the Educational Conference Board says the state will need to spend an additional $1.5 billion for 2018 to 2019 just to maintain the same level of educational services fo

Almost 685,000 New York children were enrolled in CHIP in 2016. (Semevent/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – The House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill to refinance the Children's Health Insurance Program, but the funding is still in doubt. Nationwide, 9 million children, including almost 685,000 in New York, get their health insurance through CHIP. Funding for the program

A new report says 100 percent of New York City public-school students ages 5 to 12 who were handcuffed by police were children of color. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

NEW YORK – When a student in emotional distress in a New York City public school is black, police are much more likely to be involved, according to a new report. The group Advocates for Children of New York says police are intervening in incidents that should be handled by clinically-trained m

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

Nearly 800,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children are currently protected by DACA. (26057/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Within hours of the announcement that the Trump administration will end the DACA program, a challenge to that decision was filed in federal court. Lawyers from Make the Road New York, the National Immigration Law Center and a clinic at Yale Law School want to amend an existing fed

Only about 40 percent of New York children were rated proficient by tests in English and math. (Michelle Collins/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The latest standardized test scores are out in New York state, but teachers are calling them "virtually meaningless." The scores for third- through eighth-graders improved slightly in both math and English, but still only about 40 percent of students were rated proficient. Carl Korn, chi

Almost 1.7 million low-income people now receive SNAP benefits in New York City alone. (Paul Sableman/Flickr)

NEW YORK -- A new analysis of President Donald Trump's proposed budget shows it would take billions from lower-income New Yorkers. The president's budget would cut SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, by $193 billion nationwide over ten years by moving some costs to the states, making str

President Donald Trump has used MS-13 gang violence to justify harsh immigration enforcement, immigrant advocates say. (DHS)

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. – Community leaders gathered on Long Island on Thursday to issue a unity statement in opposition to what they call President Donald Trump's "criminalizing" immigrants. The president is visiting Long Island Friday to discuss measures to eliminate MS-13, a violent gang based in

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