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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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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

With 1,700 miles of coastline, water clarity affects the value of many Long Island homes. (Doug Kerr/flickr.com)

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – A new survey shows that improving water quality not only helps the environment, it raises property values too. Most of the water pollution problems on Long Island are from on-site residential waste disposal systems such as septic tanks and cesspools. The study, conducted

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

Cuts in funding could force 65 senior centers to close in New York City. (Bill de Blasio/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Advocates for older New Yorkers are calling on state legislators to restore funds for New York City senior centers cut from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget. In his State of the State address, the governor announced he would make New York the first age-friendly state in the nat

The order requires regulations to only consider cost, not the value of protections. (CGP Grey /flickr.com )

NEW YORK – Public-interest law, environmental and labor groups are suing to stop the Trump administration's executive order to cut government regulations. The order, signed January 30th, requires federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one enacted. New regulation

For undocumented drivers, a simple traffic stop could lead to deportation. (dwightsghost/flickr.com)

NEW YORK — Issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants would expand opportunities, bring in revenue and increase public safety, according to a pair of new reports. The reports, from the Fiscal Policy Institute and the New York City Comptroller, said that about 265,000 undocumented i

NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta, right, testifying in legislative budget hearings this week. (NYSUT)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Educators say the state is on the right track, but needs to invest more in higher education. Three weeks ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to make the state and city university systems tuition free for low- and middle-income New Yorkers. Testifying at state budget heari

Repealing the ACA could result in eliminating benefits such as rehabilitation therapy. (Roger Mommaerts/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Advocates for people with disabilities say dismantling the Affordable Care Act would be catastrophic for them. Repealing the ACA would turn back the clock on progress toward increasing independence and opportunities for this population over the last quarter-century, said Susan Dooha, exe

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