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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Public News Service - New York

PHOTO: Animal-rights advocates say legislation pending in Albany won't cure local coyote problems. Instead, they predict ending a ban on live-restraint cable traps will subject many animals to torture. Photo credit: Marya/Flickr.

ALBANY, N.Y. - Animal-rights activists are sounding the alarm about legislation pending in Albany that would end the state's longstanding ban on snare-type animal traps. Brian Shapiro, New York state director of the Humane Society of the United States, said there is good reason live-restraint, cabl...Read More

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PHOTO: The Obama administration has called for a ban on conversion therapy, the widely discredited practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Photo credit: Tony Webster/CC.

NEW YORK - The Obama administration has called for a ban on "conversion therapy" - the practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Although Congress is unlikely to act on the White House's request, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters ...Read More

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PHOTO: The Menla Mountain Retreat Center in Phoenicia, New York, will be the site of the first Mindfulness for Leadership Excellence program in the U.S., addressing digital overload. Photo courtesy of Menla Mountain Retreat Center.

PHOENICIA, N.Y. - The benefits of putting down the wireless devices are increasingly touted as good for physical and mental health, but it's sometimes difficult to unplug, especially for managers and executives. There's help in the form of the first-ever Digital Detox retreat for executives in th...Read More

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PHOTO: New York environmental watchdogs are crying foul over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to pull $41 million from the state's cap-and-trade program to put instead into the state general fund. Photo credit: Future Atlas/CC.

NEW YORK - State environmental watchdogs are crying foul over Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to pull $41 million from the state's cap-and-trade program, and placing it in the general fund. Environmental Advocates of New York says money from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is suppose...Read More

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PHOTO: The recent explosion and fire that destroyed part of a city block and left two men dead in downtown Manhattan has raised new concerns about the health of New York's aging gas pipelines. But the problem could extend well beyond the city's borders. Photo credit: editrixie/CC.

NEW YORK - The recent explosion and fire that destroyed part of a city block and left two men dead in downtown Manhattan has raised new concerns about the health of New York's aging gas pipelines. But the problem could extend well beyond the city's borders. Adam Forman, research associate for the C...Read More

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A new law takes effect this month that places New York in the forefront for protecting thousands of consumers each year from surprise medical bills that often total tens of thousands of dollars. Courtesy: CIDNY

NEW YORK - New Yorkers can breathe a sigh of relief this month because they now have new protections from so-called surprise medical bills. Many New Yorkers ended up with big bills for out-of-network care because of visits to the emergency room. Chuck Bell, programs director for Consumers Union, sa...Read More

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PHOTO: The White House’s immigration reform actions have been stalled by a challenge in federal court, but city and state officials in New York still are preparing for them to take effect. Photo credit: SEIU/CC.

NEW YORK - The White House's immigration-reform actions have been stalled by a challenge in federal court, but city and state officials in New York still are preparing for them to take effect. On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a task force to...Read More

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PHOTO: New York's budget has been finalized, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo lost a fight to include the Dream Act – a popular measure that would have offered college tuition assistance to thousands of undocumented immigrant children. Photo credit: Antonio R. Villaraigosa/CC.

NEW YORK - New York's budget has been finalized, but Governor Andrew Cuomo lost a fight to include the Dream Act, a popular measure that would have offered college tuition assistance to thousands of undocumented immigrant children. Lawmakers are now pressuring the governor to push the bill through ...Read More

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