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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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The state will solicit bids to procure 800 megawatts of offshore wind power, in both 2018 and 2019. (David_Kaspar/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for big advances in renewable energy in New York. In his State of the State address on Wednesday, Cuomo laid the groundwork for major investments in energy efficiency, energy storage and community solar. And, according to Joe Martens, director of the N

Half of all yellow-medallion taxis in New York City must be wheelchair accessible by 2020. (Mr.choppers/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Advocates for people with disabilities want Uber to comply with the law by providing more vehicles that are wheelchair accessible. A coalition of groups in New York City has filed a class-action lawsuit against Uber, claiming that the ride-hailing company discriminates against people wit

Since 2005, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative states have reduced carbon emissions by 40 percent. (PublicDomainPictures)

NEW YORK - President Trump may try to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, but the states that already are cutting emissions wield a lot of political and economic power. Nine states, including New York, participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a mandatory, market-based program t

The RFPs will bring an additional 2.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy per year. (John S. Quarterman/Flickr)

NEW YORK – New York State will be purchasing a record amount of renewable energy to help reach the state's clean energy standard goals. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York Power Authority have announced plans to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates

Primeflight employs more than 4,500 airport workers around the country. (BonnieHenderson/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Airport workers have launched a national hotline to help build a case against a contractor they say has a long history of violating labor laws. Primeflight employs baggage handlers, airplane cleaners and other workers at airports in nine states. Last fall, workers in New Jersey fi

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act applies to state-owned and state contractor vehicles, but it hasn't yet received funding. (skeeze/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York needs to fund its law to clean up dirty diesel emissions. That's the message public health and environmental advocates are sending to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act was signed into law 10 years ago, and was scheduled to take effect in 2010. But

Waste water from fracking contains so much salt that it is sometimes spread on roads as a deicer. (Z22/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N. Y. – State legislators are calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to close a loophole in waste regulations and ban the disposal of fracking waste in the state. New York State banned fracking last year, but solid and liquid fracking waste from out of state is

Just over 80 percent of New York City subway stations are not wheelchair accessible. (Harrison Leong/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 26 years old this summer, but advocates for people with disabilities say New York City is way behind the rest of the country in complying with the law. There are almost 900,000 people with disabilities living in the city, but Susan Dooha,

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