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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 

    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Public News Service - New York

Of more than 80,000 chemicals sold, only about 200 have been tested for safety. (CGP Grey/

NEW YORK – A bill to significantly strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act should soon be law across the country. The 1976 law made it almost impossible to evaluate the safety and control the use of the more than 80,000 chemicals sold in the United States. In fact, the Environmental Pr...Read More

Public News Service - NY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bills cap LLC contributions at $5,000. (Gov. Andrew Cuomo/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a package of bills to close a major loophole in New York state's campaign finance laws. The "LLC Loophole" allows individuals to form multiple limited liability companies, and use each one to give a candidate more than $60,000 in each election cycl...Read More

Public News Service - NY

Bill sponsor Sen. Ken LaValle urges passage of his GMO labeling law on Tuesday. (Food and Water Watch)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Consumer advocates were in Albany on Tuesday, urging passage of a bill to require labeling of genetically modified foods before the legislative session ends. Advocates have maintained that the bill has the support of a majority in the Assembly and is sponsored by almost half of the s...Read More

Public News Service - NY

The red areas indicate the use of herbicides containing glyphosate in New York City parks. (

NEW YORK - An interactive, online map could tell you if you're living near a public park where an herbicide that may cause cancer is being used. The map is the work of Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir, a group that calls itself an "anti-consumerist, direct action" organization. It's ma...Read More

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Crude oil travels down the Hudson River by rail and barge. (Andrea Sears)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany has joined dozens of other communities in opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline. The Albany City Council this week approved a resolution calling the proposed pipeline an environmental risk and a public health hazard. The 178-mile project would carry crude oil from Albany to New Jersey...Read More

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Salaried workers such as fast-food managers often work 50 or more hours a week. (SayakDasgupta/

NEW YORK - The U.S. Labor Department's expansion of overtime protections for salaried employees will have a broad impact on other workers as well. Employers can require salaried workers paid $455 a week or more to work well over 40 hours without any extra pay. The regulations released Wednesday doub...Read More

Public News Service - NY

Voters cast ballots in almost 700 school districts statewide. (John Morton/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Voters across the state of New York approved almost 99 percent of school budgets on Tuesday. The State School Board Association reports that budgets in only 10 of almost 700 districts in the state were rejected, an approval rating almost identical to last year. Matt Smith, spokesper...Read More

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New ICE raids are expected to target mothers with children who have been ordered to leave the U.S. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

NEW YORK - Advocates for immigrants to the United States are rallying in Washington, D.C., this morning to condemn plans for a new round of deportations. According to news reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has ordered field offices to launch a month-long "surge" of raids targeting mothe...Read More

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