PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also, on our Monday nationwide rundown; a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it is Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

Daily Newscasts

Public News Service - NY: Housing/Homelessness

Advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities say every $1 invested in independent-living centers saves the state $9. (Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. – State funding for New York's independent-living centers hasn't increased in ten years, and that needs to change - that's the message being delivered to state lawmakers today by advocates for people with disabilities. Some 41 independent-living centers provide direct services to

There are 2.7 million LGBT Americans aged 50 and older. (U.S. Department of the Interior/Flickr)

NEW YORK – With LGBT Pride celebrations just around the corner, a new report shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are facing unique challenges as they grow older. From the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the recognition of same-sex marriage, recent years have brought tr

Shelter allowances for people on public assistance fall far short of the cost of housing. (sinzicraciun0/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — Advocates for homeless New Yorkers say a proposal now in the state Legislature could drastically reduce and prevent homelessness across the state. There now are about 60,000 people living in homeless shelters in New York, and the cost of keeping a family in a welfare hotel can be

Nassau County remains one of the most segregated areas in the country, according to a new report that makes recommendations for change. (DanTD/Wikimedia Commons)

MINEOLA, N.Y.- Activists for civil rights and fair housing gathered at Nassau County's legislative building on Thursday to call for an end to policies they say promote segregation. Fifty years after passage of the Fair Housing Act, Long Island remains one of the most segregated areas in the country

Thirty-one states have low or negative ratings for protection of transgender rights. (PROtorbakhopper/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Despite advances in recognizing and protecting the rights of LGBT Americans, a new report finds that transgender people face serious risks in most states. The report looks at laws and policies in every state and Washington, D.C., affecting LGBT people in five areas, including disc

Gov. Cuomo pledged $200 million to fight AIDS in the 2016-17 budget. (GovernorAndrewCuomo/Flickr)

NEW YORK - The new state budget falls far short of funds promised to fight HIV/AIDS in New York, according to advocates. Last year on World AIDS Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to commit an additional $200 million in the coming fiscal year to his campaign to end HIV/AIDS in New York by 2020. But

Community Services for the Elderly helps seniors remain in their own homes, but it has a long waiting list. (Cade Martin, Dawn Arlotta/publicdomainimages)

NEW YORK - Low-income seniors need help to stay in their homes. That's the message their advocates want lawmakers to hear as they finalize the state budget. They may be the most neglected seniors in New York, says Bobbie Sackman, director of public policy for LiveOn New York. They have too much

A federal court ruled that Garden City

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - As Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a major statewide initiative to combat racial discrimination in housing, a Long Island village is reforming an exclusionary policy. Residents and activists celebrated in Garden City on Tuesday as the village trustees convened to prohibit using zonin

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