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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Public News Service - NY: Consumer Issues

The president's proposed budget boosts defense spending while cutting social safety-net programs. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

NEW YORK – An annual gathering of mayors from around the country is calling on Congress to reverse course by moving funding out of the military budget and into human and environmental needs. The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday unanimously passed three resolutions opposing deep cuts in so

The R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant on Lake Ontario was commissioned in 1970. (U.S. Department of Energy)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Environmental groups and the New York Public Service Commission have faced off in court in a lawsuit to stop subsidies to nuclear power plants. The state Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on preliminary motions in the case that challenges the state's bid to add billions of dollars

Low-income communities of color largely have been shut out of advances in clean energy technology. (brian kusler/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Consumer advocates have renewed their call for a people's commissioner to serve on the state's Public Service Commission. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has chosen nominees for two of the three vacant seats on the PSC: John Rhodes, the current head of the New York State Energy Research and Dev

Victims of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene urge passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act. (Travis Proulx)

NEW YORK – New Yorkers affected by climate change were in Albany this week, calling on state legislators to turn the state's clean energy goals into law. People from across the state gathered in the capital to urge passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act, or CCPA. Dan Sherrell,

Nearly 83 percent of SNAP households have children, seniors or people with disabilities. (USDA/Flickr)

NEW YORK - President Trump's budget, according to many advocates for the poor, would make Americans weaker, sicker and hungrier. The $4.1 trillion budget boosts military spending and doles out huge tax breaks, paid for by cuts to programs om which millions of low-income Americans rely to survive. A

New York's plan limits emissions from new and existing oil and gas infrastructure. (Roy Luck/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York state has taken a major step forward in the fight against climate change with a new program to reduce methane emissions. Methane is the main component of natural gas. It leaks from pipelines and other gas infrastructure, and large amounts are generated by decomposing

The New York Health Act would ensure that every New Yorker has access to health care. (Tammra McCauley/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. – A single payer health plan would bring affordable health care to all New Yorkers if a measure approved Tuesday in the State Assembly becomes law. It would make New York the first state in the nation to give every resident health care. The care would be paid for by an employm

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

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