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    PNS Daily News - October 7, 20160 

    Today’s news features a variety of issues including: the largest one-time release of prisoners announced by the Justice Department; new projects aim to stem catastrophic wildfires; and why kids around the globe are putting on their walking shoes today.

Public News Service - New York

Forty percent of prisoners on Riker's Island are there because they can't afford bail. Credit: Cdogsimmons/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - New York state is taking a serious look at reforming bail for criminal defendants. Last week the state's chief judge said he will institute several changes including encouraging judges to set bail at affordable levels, reviewing bail amounts within 10 days of arraignment, and retraining j...Read More

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New York state officials launch a new program aimed at helping veterans and immigrants adjust to American society. Credit: liensca/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Just as immigrants often have difficulty integrating into American society, military veterans sometimes have trouble reintegrating. Now both groups are teaming up to support each other through a new program launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Military vets will be recruited to help newcom...Read More

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Rising numbers of new syphilis cases across New York has led to speculation about the causes for the outbreak. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syphilis cases are on the rise in New York, with a 160 percent increase between 2010 and 2014, according to state health officials. Some regions are seeing more new cases than others, including central New York, with a 111 percent uptick between 2012 and 2013. K. Daniel Reed...Read More

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New York State officials are awarding $175 million to five companies for their renewable energy projects. Credit: Luke Partridge/

ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration has awarded $175 million to five new, large-scale clean energy projects. Officials say the projects will help New York meet its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and relying less on fossil fuels. Peter Constantakes with the New Yo...Read More

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Methadone and Suboxone are used to treat heroin addiction. Credit: Jr de Barbosa/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that expands access to medical treatment for drug addiction. The law amends state criminal procedure law to ensure that defendants and parolees are not penalized for using medically prescribed drugs to treat addiction while under a doctor's care. Acco...Read More

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Police serve as safety officers in New York City public schools. Credit: Jim.henderson/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - Children's advocates are calling a bill requiring the New York City Department of Education to make information about school discipline public a model for the nation. Police serve as safety officers in public schools and discipline can include arrests as well as suspensions. According to...Read More

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Conservation Fund grants benefit NY forests, beaches and the NYC watershed. Courtesy: The Nature Conservancy

NEW YORK – A federal conservation program that doesn't cost taxpayers a dime may expire on Wednesday if Congress doesn't act to reauthorize it. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been around for 50 years. And according to Jessica Ottney Mahar, director of government relations for The N...Read More

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Uber is facing a slew of lawsuits by disability advocates claiming the company is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Credit: Anders Wiuff/

NEW YORK - Uber is under fire from those who accuse the ride-hailing service of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Several lawsuits claim the company rejected guide dogs for the blind and passengers in wheelchairs. And a group of cab drivers just filed a lawsuit against New York City c...Read More

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