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    PNS Daily News - August 3, 20150 

    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; President Obama finalizes steeper cuts for power plant carbon emissions; the U.S. Senate to debate defunding Planned Parenthood today; a New York court denies freedom to research chimps; and restoring a fishery devastated by wildfire.

Public News Service - New York

PHOTO: Animal rights organizations say chimpanzees are intelligent and self-aware, and are working to free them from research facilities. Photo courtesy of Nonhuman Rights Project.

NEW YORK – A New York State Supreme Court justice has denied a petition to free Hercules and Leo, two research chimpanzees at the State University at Stony Brook. Animal rights advocates argue that chimps are intelligent, self-aware, autonomous beings. And though Judge Barbara Jaffe said she...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: A year after passage of the Compassionate Care Act, five companies have been licensed to sell medical marijuana in New York State. Photo credit: normalityrelief/

NEW YORK – Five companies have been awarded the first licenses to sell medical marijuana in New York state. The licenses, issued on Friday, make New York the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana use. The Compassionate Care Act, signed into law a year ago, allows each company to open as many...Read More

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PHOTO: Many low-income New Yorkers who experience severe psychological stress say they have been unable to get mental-health treatment. A new $30 million training program will help more people in those communities offer help. Photo credit: geralt/

NEW YORK - Identifying and healing people with mental-health issues in low-income areas is the focus of a new program being launched in New York City. Called "Connections to Care," the program will train workers - such as teachers and job-placement counselors - to recognize symptoms of depression, a...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: As heroin overdose deaths skyrocket in New York and across the country, one Long Island community is training public safety officers to save lives. Photo credit: earl53/

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – As the number of people dying from heroin overdose skyrockets, a town on Long Island is fighting back by training public safety officers to use a life-saving tool. The town of Hempstead is joining forces with South Nassau Communities Hospital to develop a program to train 3...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Nurses rallied in cities across the US Thursday to preserve and improve Medicare and extend coverage to everyone. Photo courtesy of National Nurses United.

NEW YORK – Today is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, and the program's advocates are using the occasion to push for a major expansion. Medicare provides health care to 55 million Americans, including 3.3 million New Yorkers. Its supporters say it has been so successful that the country ou...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: The planned revitalization of New York City's LaGuardia Airport is expected to bring thousands of new jobs to the region. Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

NEW YORK – Promising vastly improved infrastructure and thousands of new jobs, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden announced an ambitious plan on Monday which they say will revitalize New York City's LaGuardia Airport. Since LaGuardia was built in 1939, it has become somewhat l...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Environmentalists say current cleanup efforts will only remove 65 percent of toxic PCB contamination from the Hudson River. It has been there since the 1970s. Photo credit: Abigail Jones.

NEW YORK - Candle flames flickered along the shores of the Hudson River on Thursday night as New Yorkers from Manhattan to Schuylerville 200 miles north joined in a vigil calling for a thorough cleanup of toxic PCB contamination. General Electric, which dumped millions of pounds of industrial chemi...Read More

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PHOTO: CIDNY's Susan Dooha of the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York received a proclamation at New York's City Hall on Thursday in honor of her group's efforts to help New Yorkers at the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Photo courtesy Center for Independence of the Disabled New York.

NEW YORK - Big strides forward. That's the big picture as New Yorkers celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but there are still major hurdles in the way. Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, said the ADA produce...Read More

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