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PNS Daily Newscast - April 27, 2017 


On today’s nationwide rundown; President Trump reveals an outline for tax reform; we take a look at the cost to consumers on the latest version of the GOP’s American Health Care Act; and why the food industry wants to put nutrition information on the back burner.

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Public News Service - NY: Poverty Issues

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

Community solar can help low-income New Yorkers get all the benefits of clean energy. (Andrewglaser/English Wikipedia)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Environmental advocates want money from state climate pollution reduction efforts to fund direct grants for community solar. The state Assembly's budget bill would dedicate $23 million collected through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI for grants to bring solar

Shelter allowances for people on public assistance fall far short of the cost of housing. (sinzicraciun0/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — Advocates for homeless New Yorkers say a proposal now in the state Legislature could drastically reduce and prevent homelessness across the state. There now are about 60,000 people living in homeless shelters in New York, and the cost of keeping a family in a welfare hotel can be

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday. (Lawrence Jackson/whitehouse.gov)

NEW YORK – New York's advocates for people with disabilities say proposed cuts to Medicaid would force many of them into institutional care. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce Medicaid by $880 billion over ten years

President Trump's preliminary budget proposal trims $200 million from the WIC program, a nutrition program for low-income mothers and children. (USDA/Flickr)

NEW YORK - President Trump's proposed budget is being called a "war on people in poverty" by some in New York. The administration's spending plan would slash the U.S. Department of Agriculture by $4.7 billion, a 21 percent cut. By cutting or eliminating programs that help poor and middle-income rur

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

Fees on some payroll debit cards can effectively lower pay below minimum wage. (creative-commons-images.com)

NEW YORK – Labor, consumer and good government groups are asking the state to appeal a decision throwing out rules for payroll debit cards. About 13,000 businesses employing some 200,000 workers in New York pay those workers with debit cards. But some of those cards charge so many fees that

Nassau County remains one of the most segregated areas in the country, according to a new report that makes recommendations for change. (DanTD/Wikimedia Commons)

MINEOLA, N.Y.- Activists for civil rights and fair housing gathered at Nassau County's legislative building on Thursday to call for an end to policies they say promote segregation. Fifty years after passage of the Fair Housing Act, Long Island remains one of the most segregated areas in the country

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