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.

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Immigrants' rights advocates say immigrant activists across the country are being targeted for deportation. (PROFibonacci Blue/Flickr)

NEW YORK – A lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging what immigrants' advocates say is the targeting of an immigrants'-rights activist by immigration officials. Last month, Ravi Ragbir, who heads the New Sanctuary Coalition, was detained during a routine check-in with Immigration

Without net neutrality, ISPs can slow down or charge customers more for certain types of content. (JESHOOTS/Pixabay)

New York – Gov. Andrew Cuomo took action on Wednesday to preserve open internet access in the state of New York. The governor signed an executive order instructing state agencies to only sign contracts with internet service providers that adhere to the principles of net neutrality. That mean

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent letters threatening legal action to 23 sanctuary cities around the country. (7beachbum/Flickr)

MT. VERNON, N.Y. – Some of the mayors attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., were angered by a threatening letter from the Department of Justice. On Wednesday, shortly before a scheduled meeting with President Donald Trump, a letter was delivered to 23 sanctuary cities

New York has repeatedly been dubbed one of the most corrupt states in the nation. (wadester16 CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr)

NEW YORK – As more state elected officials face federal charges, good-government watchdog groups are urging the governor and lawmakers to institute reforms. At least a half-dozen former New York public officials are scheduled for trial or retrial in the first six months of this year, and jus

After 1978 the number of women in prison nationwide increased at twice the rate of men. (leks/

NEW YORK – Prison populations are dropping in most states, but a new study finds that the number of incarcerated women is not falling as fast as it is for men. Nationally, the total prison population peaked around 2009. The study, compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative, shows that most s

Cuomo said the pardons

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has again used his executive power to shield immigrants from the threat of deportation. Last week, the governor pardoned 61 individuals, including 18 immigrants who had been convicted of low-level offenses. The Trump administration has targeted immigrants w

Advocates say allowing religious-based discrimination against LGBT people puts civil rights laws at risk. (BhaktiCreative/Pixabay)

NEW YORK -- A national coalition of organizations says a case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court poses a major risk to civil rights. Next week, the nation's highest court will hear arguments in a case in which Colorado cake shop owners claim that requiring them to sell a cake for a same-sex weddin

New York's poverty rate is still higher than it was in 2007, before the Great Recession. (Leroy_Skalstad/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Poverty in New York is declining, but a new report says it's still above pre-recession levels and threatened cuts would undermine the progress that has been made. The report, from the Coalition on Human Needs and Citizen Action of New York, shows that in 2016 the poverty rate

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