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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Public News Service - New York

PHOTO: Elephants at the Buffalo Zoo, here in a 2007 photo, are among those in three New York zoos on this year's 'Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants' list released by an animal-rights group. Photo credit: amerune/

NEW YORK - Zoos in three New York cities are targeted by an animal-rights group on an annual list of what it calls North America's "10 worst zoos" for elephants. The group "In Defense of Animals" accused the Buffalo Zoo of housing its two Asian female elephants in a "shockingly" small space. It sai...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Advocates for animals say the record number of horse deaths during the Winter Meet at Aqueduct is a sure sign that federal regulations are needed. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - It has been a deadly season for racehorses at Aqueduct and animal advocates say the time has come for federal regulations. A dozen horses have died at Aqueduct since the current Winter Meet started in December. Brian Shapiro, the New York state director of the Humane Society of the Uni...Read More

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PHOTO: Long Island advocates are urging local immigrants to keep preparing their paper work for temporary legal status despite last weeks vote by the U.S. House to halt deferred action on deportations. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK – Don't get discouraged – that's the message being sent to New York's undocumented immigrants in the aftermath of the House vote to halt deferred action on deportations. Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director of the advocacy group Long Island Wins, says there are upwards...Read More

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PHOTO: New York's smoking-prevention efforts put it at the middle of the pack compared to other states, ranking 20th in the nation for the amount it spends on prevention and cessation programs. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

NEW YORK - The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has New York ranked 20th in the nation. John Schachter, director of communications with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says New York will take in more than two-billion dollars in tobacco tax and...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: The April 15 income tax filing deadline will be here before many New York wage earners know it, which is why experts say a little preparation now will make tax time less stressful. Photo credit: M. Scheerer

NEW YORK – As January gets under way, tax experts say a little time spent in the next few days preparing for the tax season will pay off in the months ahead. Luis Garcia, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service, says now is the time to make sure you know where all your important tax doc...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Advocates say weekly water-quality reports produced action and major funding to attack problems such as this algae bloom in East Hampton. Credit: M. Lindberg of TNC

NEW YORK - A drumbeat of news coverage concerning Long Island Water Quality was a major factor, local advocates say, in getting much needed action on the issue. Carl LoBue, senior marine scientist with the Nature Conservancy on Long Island, says 2014 was the first year Long Islanders got weekly wa...Read More

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PHOTO: New York Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens presented Gov. Cuomo and his Cabinet with their reports recommending a continued ban on fracking for natural gas. Photo Credit: Office of the Governor.

ALBANY, N.Y. - In a long-awaited announcement, the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ruled the potential health and environmental risks of fracking for natural gas are too great and not enough is known about them to allow it in New York. In extending a de facto ban on using...Read More

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PHOTO: Thousands of animals are euthanized in New York shelters every year, simply for lack of space, so adopting a shelter pet will also save a life. Photo courtesy Animal Haven NYC.

NEW YORK - The holidays are a time when many people think of bringing home a new pet for their loved ones. With thousands of cats and dogs in shelters across New York, Tiffany Lacey, executive director of nonprofit Animal Haven, suggests people "adopt rather than shop." Thousands of perfectly healt...Read More

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