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    PNS Daily News - June 28, 20160 

    Here’s a look at what’s making news: a Supreme Court abortion ruling could have implications across the nation; a victory for salmon habitats in Washington; and doctors urged to screen teens for suicide risk.

Public News Service - New York

Eleven bills restricting reproductive rights were introduced in New York in the last legislative session. (-JvL-/

NEW YORK – The U.S. Supreme Court's >ruling overturning key provisions of a Texas anti-abortion law is drawing high praise from reproductive rights advocates. The 5-to-3 ruling struck down provisions requiring hospital admitting privileges for clinic doctors, and imposing the same requiremen...Read More

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Increasing energy efficiency cuts CO2 emissions and saves money. (Ken Kistler/

ALBANY, N.Y. – Implementing a clean power plan could cut carbon emissions and save New York consumers money, according to a new study by the Georgia Institute of Technology. Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan maintain that enforcing mandatory reductions...Read More

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Elected officials, immigrants and advocates gathered at New York City Hall to denounce the Supreme Court's 4-to-4 ruling. (NYIC)

NEW YORK – New York City's immigrant community gathered at City Hall on Thursday afternoon to denounce the U.S. Supreme Court's new ruling on immigration policy. The 4-to-4 tie vote allows an appeals court decision to stand, blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration....Read More

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Under the 1976 law the EPA was unable to regulate asbestos. (Ktorbeck/Wikimedia Commons).

NEW YORK - The first major overhaul of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act is now law. President Obama signed the legislation Wednesday, vastly expanding the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to test and regulate the thousands of chemicals in daily use. Liz Hitchcock, the legislative ...Read More

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The bill also provides money for defense investigators and forensics. (Eric Chan/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A bill giving the state full responsibility for funding New York's public-defense system passed in the final hours of the New York State legislative session. It's been more than 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must provide a lawyer to criminal defendants who...Read More

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Bald eagles reach adult size about 12 weeks after hatching. (USFWS/

NEW YORK -- New York's bald eagle population is on the rebound. Monday was National American Eagle Day, and for the second year in a row, three bald eagle fledglings have taken flight at the Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Mike Scheibel, manager of the preserve, said that...Read More

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New York decreased incarceration by 18 percent and crime fell by 17 percent. (Jayu/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – States that reduce their prison populations are seeing their crime rates go down too, according to the the Brennan Center for Justice. In the 1990s, getting tough on crime led to a rapid rise in the number of people incarcerated. Now, with more than 2 million people behind bars, t...Read More

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Of the 20,000 New Yorkers arrested for marijuana possession in 2015, 83 percent were black or Latino. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Near the close of the legislative session, a bill to seal court records on thousands of marijuana-possession arrests cleared the state Assembly. Possession of marijuana for personal use was decriminalized in New York in 1977. In the past 20 years, however, more than 700,000 New York...Read More

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