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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - NY: Youth Issues

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

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

DACA recipients pay $140 million in sales, property and income taxes in New York State. (Korean Resource Center/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Protecting young immigrants as they enter the workforce brings a significant boost to New York's economy, according to a new analysis. About 76,000 immigrants in New York State are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. Cyier

In 2016, students in New York City public schools experienced 1,263 arrests. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Juvenile-justice advocates say New York City is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on a punitive approach to school discipline that is ineffective and harms students. According to a new report by the Center for Popular Democracy and the Urban Youth Collaborative, last year m

EOP and EOC students graduate at higher rates and with higher grade point averages than the general population. (college.library/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. – About 700 students from across New York traveled to Albany on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to fully fund programs that helped them prepare for college. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget calls for a $5 million cut in funding for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and a

New York has ended the use of solitary for 16- and 17-year-olds in state prisons, and the Onondaga County Justice Center has been ordered to do the same. (Officer Bimblebury/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A federal judge has ordered the Justice Center in Syracuse to stop putting 16- and 17-year-olds in solitary confinement. The preliminary injunction issued Wednesday was granted in a lawsuit challenging the practice of punishing juveniles held in the adult jail by keeping the

People ordered to empty their pockets often then are arrested for having marijuana in public view. (houstondwiPhotos mp/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A bill to seal the criminal records of New Yorkers arrested for marijuana possession has cleared the state Assembly. Personal possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized in New York 40 years ago, but a loophole in the law allowing arrest for possession "in public vi

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