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    PNS Daily News - May 25, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; On this Memorial Day, President Obama is honoring the many Americans who paid the ultimate price in service to their country; Memorial Day can also mark the start of summer, which can mean more drownings, we’ll have a report out of Arizona, on National Drowning Prevention Month; and a report on a possible political debate at Centre College in Kentucky.

Public News Service - New York

PHOTO: New York is going about average according to a new report when it comes to placing children in child welfare with family members. The report says more than 20,000 children in New York still love in group homes.

NEW YORK - A new report says family connections make all the difference and it ranks New York in the middle of the pack for finding stable family settings for children in the child welfare system. One sign of progress in the new report is the way New York is helping to preserve family connections. ...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: A federal lawsuit alleges the latest federal safety standards proposed for oil tank cars are too weak to adequately protect public safety, especially in light of the large amount of crude oil now traveling by rail. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch.

NEW YORK - Environmental groups are taking the Obama administration to court over what they call "weak" safety rules for oil shipped by rail. It's a timely issue given last week's fatal Amtrak derailment. Sean Dixon, an attorney with Hudson Riverkeeper, says the rules issued this month don't cont...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: A new report bolsters New York towns such as Dryden that won the right to zone out fracking because of health and safety concerns. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch Earthjustice.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A new report backs up Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking and details a wide range of environmental dangers. Earthjustice managing attorney Deborah Goldberg said the Department of Environmental Conservation report spells out a long list of potential dangers from fracking ope...Read More

Public News Service - NY

INFOGRAPHIC: A first-of-its-kind health report about Hispanics in the United States shows their death rates are lower than those of whites in most categories, but some sub-groups face higher risks. Graphic courtesy of CDC.

NEW YORK - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the country's largest minority group, which makes up 18 percent of New York's population, has some good news as Hispanics have a 24 percent lower death rate than whites, and are about half as likely to smoke. CDC Direc...Read More

Public News Service - NY

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

Public News Service - NY

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

Public News Service - NY

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

Public News Service - NY

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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