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    PNS Weekend Update - July 4, 20150 

    Our Independence Day news features stories from around the nation including: Americans on guard after a terror alert; a warning about firework dangers for people and pets; and the code to know before flying the flag.

Public News Service - New York

PHOTO: NYSUT President Karen Magee (center) says actions like this one in Albany were responsible for getting state lawmakers to focus on the needs of all public school children during the just-ended session. Photo courtesy of New York State United Teachers.

NEW YORK – One of the state's largest teachers' unions is giving parents and educators credit for defeating some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's more controversial education proposals in the just-ended legislative session. Karen Magee is president of New York State United Teachers, which represents 60...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Legal experts predict the latest Supreme Court Ruling on the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxins rule won't derail efforts to reduce the number of coal-fired power plants in New York. Photo credit: M.D. Wilson.

NEW YORK – In a decision issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider tougher standards on coal-fired power plants based on their cost to the industry. Richard Revesz, director of the Institute of Policy Integrity at the New York University...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Pouring more than $1 billion into the proposed Hudson Valley transmission project is a bad deal for ratepayers, according to a new report. Photo courtesy of NISLAPP.

NEW YORK – A new report says New Yorkers don't need to invest in a $1 billion-plus Hudson Valley energy transmission project - and they will get cleaner and cheaper power in return. The Public Utilities Commission is confronted with a choice, and Tim Schoechle, Ph.D. – senior research f...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: More than 125,000 people have signed a petition demanding the New York Blood Center restore funding to care for 66 of its former research chimps who advocates say were abandoned by the nonprofit organization. Photo credit - Agnes Souchal for the HSUS.

NEW YORK – It's a nonprofit organization that New Yorkers normally associate with helping people, but the outcry is growing against the New York Blood Center for allegedly abandoning 66 of its former research chimpanzees. Anthropologist Brian Hare, an assistant professor at Duke University, ...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Local scientists say a massive fish kill this weekend on Long Island is another signal that more needs to be done to curb nitrogen pollution in local bays. Photo credit: Stephan Beaumont/Red Vault Productions.

NEW YORK - If anyone needed a new sign of nitrogen pollution problems in New York, scientists say the tens of thousands of bait fish that washed ashore on Long Island this weekend are prime indicators. Carl LoBue, senior marine scientist for the Nature Conservancy on Long Island, said the most rece...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: A bill is pending in Albany that would remove dangerous toys from the shelves, but advocates say leaders of the senate are putting up roadblocks. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Senate Environmental Committee gets back to work Tuesday, but one item not on the agenda is a measure that has wide bipartisan support that would protect New York children from unsafe products. Saima Anjam, environmental health director of Environmental Advocates of New Yo...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Solomom Wolde relies on two prosthetic limbs to be able to walk and says New York lawmakers need to act to help ensure mobility of thousands of fellow New Yorkers. Credit: Mike Clifford

NEW YORK - None of us wants to ponder what life would be like if we lost a limb; but a new change in policy for the New York State of Health marketplace just made life more manageable for thousands. At issue was how often and how many prosthetic limbs could be replaced for New Yorkers who rely on w...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: New York advocates say a ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals means hundreds of thousands of local immigrants are now in a holding pattern concerning President Obama's executive action on immigration reform. Credit: Mike Clifford

NEW YORK - Local advocates say hundreds of thousands of immigrant New Yorkers find themselves in an all-too-familiar position today, waiting for relief. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director of Long Island Wins, says they hope it will be a matter of months and not years until the full Fifth...Read More

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