PNS Daily Newscast - May 17, 2019 

West Coast immigrants' rights groups pan President Trump’s new immigration proposal as “elitist.” Also on the Friday rundown: Consumer advocates want stronger energy-efficiency standards. And we'll take you to a state that ranks near the bottom for senior mental health.

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Archive: October 9, 2015

Previous bids to raise Florida's minimum wage have failed, but supporters of the measure are not giving up. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile

MIAMI - Could you live on just $17 per day? After trying it for a week, some Florida lawmakers say no one should. State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, was among those who completed the minimum-wage challenge, which simulates the struggles low-wage workers experience every day. The state's current mi ...Read More

You don't have to be a tax professional to volunteer with AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program. Credit: US Department of Veterans Affairs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Each year, volunteers fan out across the state in an effort to make tax season a little less taxing for tens of thousands of Missourians, and program leaders say even more help is needed this time around. For nearly half a century, the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program has helpe ...Read More

A New York adoption and family services nonprofit plans to launch its first domestic “Granny Program” in the United States. Credit: Crissy Pauley/<br />

NEW YORK - Spence-Chapin, a New York City-based nonprofit, has operated its international "Granny Program," pairing volunteer, retired women with children in orphanages since 1998. The adoption and family-services agency describes it as an early intervention program intended to provide consistent ca ...Read More

Studies show the waters off Long Island have huge potential for offshore wind power. Credit: Andy Dingley/

ALBANY, N.Y. - Climate activists say the answer to global climate change is blowing in the wind - right off New York's shores. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a four-point plan to fight climate change, but Mark Dunlea, who chairs the Green Education and Legal Fund, said the governor has ove ...Read More

Nineteen states have abolished the death penalty. Credit: Florida Department of Corrections/

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday ended efforts to revive the state's death penalty by rejecting a request to reconsider its August ruling that capital punishment is unconstitutional. Prosecutors had filed a motion to reargue the case, saying the majority opinion referred ...Read More

A proposal to give drug makers a shortcut in the normal patent extension process is provoking strong opposition. Credit: Dan Heyman

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Drug makers want a shortcut when they try to extend their patents. Labor, citizen and consumer groups oppose them getting it. When a patent is set to expire, manufacturers often will seek to extend it. Sometimes a drug maker will tweak its formula to keep generic manufacturers fro ...Read More

Palisades Wilderness Study Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest. Credit: Ecoflight

WILSON, Wyo. - The U.S. Forest Service received a flood of public comment on its controversial plan to cut and burn trees in the Bridger-Teton National Forest - which includes the Palisades Wilderness Study Area - and the response was overwhelmingly negative. The Teton-to-Snake Fuels Management Pro ...Read More

SALT LAKE CITY - The recent mass shooting in Oregon again has focused national attention on untreated mental-health issues. Now, Utah is doing something about the problem. The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health unveiled a new anonymous online screening tool on Thursday so people can ...Read More

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