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PNS Daily Newscast - October 1, 2020 

Concern that Trump's Proud Boys comments could encourage "alt-right" groups; report finds key swing states went into manufacturing decline pre-pandemic.

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Experts are concerned about white supremacist violence leading up to the election. And, the Presidential Debate Commission says they plan to change rules after Trump's almost constant interruptions.

Final Countdown for Children’s Health Showdown

September 24, 2007

This week marks the final countdown for S-CHIP, the children's health insurance program that expires Sunday, and coverage for tens of thousands of New York kids is at stake. Late last week, President Bush threatened to veto an expansion of coverage to half the nation’s nine million uninsured kids.

Pending bills would expand coverage by 35 to 50 billion dollars, and include families that exceed the federal poverty level, but still can't afford private coverage. Bush wants a temporary extension with only a $5 billion dollar increase, which would eliminate a million kids currently enrolled in S-CHIP.

Jan Barbieri with New York's Child Care Council of Nassau says early health coverage for all the nation's children is vital because when health conditions go untreated the situation can be disastrous down the road.

Between birth and age eight is when the pace is set for a person's health their entire life. Our research indicates that early intervention leads to costs savings immediately and in to the future."

Barbieri says all children need coverage, regardless of income and they're not getting it under the current system.

"Families cannot afford to lose health care insurance. While I understand we need to be supporting healthcare for the poorest children, we really have a responsibility to make sure that all children are covered."

Robert Knight/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NY