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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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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

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

Some Stingray devices can capture the content of cellphone calls. (Mimzy/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Civil-liberties advocates want the New York Police Department to hand over more information about its cellphone tracking devices. The New York Civil Liberties Union was in the State Supreme Court this week in its ongoing case seeking transparency in the NYPD's use of surveillance

President Donald Trump's decision to end DACA sparked nationwide protests. (Fibonacci Blue/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Pass a clean DREAM Act before the end of the year: That's the message delivered to Sen. Charles Schumer's Manhattan office on Tuesday. The message was contained in boxes wrapped as holiday gifts, full of petitions with almost a quarter of a million signatures calling for congressi

Medicaid cuts would endanger services on which people with disabilities rely to stay independent, advocates say. (CIDNY)

NEW YORK – A coalition of organizations is staging a day of action Wednesday to protest cuts to health care, social services and other programs under the Republican tax bills now making their way through Congress. The tax bills now in a House-Senate conference committee would slash taxes on

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

Immigrant advocates say Operation Matador profiles immigrant men of color. (Police/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Immigrant-rights advocates want to know if an anti-gang operation is being used as a pretext for arresting and denying benefits to immigrants. The New York Immigration Coalition has filed federal and state freedom of information requests for documents relating to Operation Matador

A new report says 100 percent of New York City public-school students ages 5 to 12 who were handcuffed by police were children of color. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

NEW YORK – When a student in emotional distress in a New York City public school is black, police are much more likely to be involved, according to a new report. The group Advocates for Children of New York says police are intervening in incidents that should be handled by clinically-trained m

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