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    PNS Daily News - February 11, 20160 


    Our roundup of today’s news includes concern that the Supreme Court's decision on climate change regulations could scuttle the Paris climate agreement, presidential candidates are moving on from New Hampshire to South Carolina in search of delegates, and oyster aficionados are watching the latest efforts to restore Chesapeake Bay.

Public News Service - New York

Experts say proving that tap water is contaminated isn't easy, and it's key to getting a federal response. (Michal Mojek/freeimages)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Flint, Michigan, water crisis is helping to shed light on water contamination cases across the nation, including in Hoosick Falls, New York. After his father died of kidney cancer, water tests in Michael Hickey's home in 2014 revealed high levels of PFOA, a water and oil repellent...Read More

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Advocates say 90 percent of Americans want mandatory GMO labeling. (Alexis Baden-Mayer/flickr.com)

NEW YORK - A bill requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has cleared its first hurdle in the state Assembly. Despite serious opposition from retailers and agricultural industries, the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection approved the measure Tuesd...Read More

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There are practical, affordable ways to cover the state’s undocumented immigrant population, says New York's Community Service Society. (Tomasz Kobosz)

NEW YORK - Undocumented immigrants aren't covered under the Affordable Care Act, leaving about 457,000 people ineligible for coverage in New York alone. A new report from the Community Service Society, which advocates for impoverished New Yorkers, outlines what it calls "practical and affordable"...Read More

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The Indian Point Nuclear Power Station experienced five emergency shutdowns in 2015. (Tony Fischer/Flickr)

NEW YORK - State officials say "alarming levels" of radioactive tritium have been detected in groundwater from test wells at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station. According to news reports, the contamination at one well had jumped to over 8 million picocuries per liter, 400 times the EPA maximum ...Read More

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Conversion therapy has been banned in California, Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon. (Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Governor Cuomo on Saturday broke new ground by announcing regulations to effectively ban so-called "conversion therapy" in New York State. The move makes New York the first state in the country to use regulations to end practices that claim to be able to change a person's sexual orientati...Read More

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Nationally, 149 prisoners were exonerated in 2015. (Bubby1124/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A record number of criminal convictions were overturned last year both nationally and here in New York. Of the 149 people exonerated across the country in 2015, 17 were in New York prisons, second only to Texas where 54 were found to be falsely convicted. That may not seem like ...Read More

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The first undocumented immigrant to be sworn in as an attorney in New York could pave the way for others like him. (Jason Morrison)

NEW YORK - As the first undocumented immigrant admitted to the New York State Bar, Cesar Vargas is a permanent part of history. But the immigration activist and Bernie Sanders campaign staffer also may have paved the way for other undocumented youth brought to the United States as children, or "Drea...Read More

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Some farmers in New York say a hike in the minimum wage would wipe out their profits. (Javier Ramos/freeimages.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to raise New York's minimum wage to $15 an hour is praised by many. But the New York Farm Bureau says that kind of hike would plunge state farming businesses into the ground and cost an estimated $500 million in additional annual labor expenses. ...Read More

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