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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side-by-side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A Senate committee looks at the latest attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - NY: Disabilities

Advocates want NYS to pass legislation encouraging new housing to have accessible first floor apartments. (CDC)

NEW YORK – Time is running out for action on some state bills important for New Yorkers with disabilities. The legislative session ends on Wednesday, but some bills that would help people with disabilities have yet to come up for a vote. Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for In

By helping people leave institutional care, independent-living centers have saved the State of New York $2 billion over 10 years. (Pixabay)

ALBANY, N. Y. – People with disabilities were in Albany on Monday to tell legislators that New York is failing to fund vital programs for independent living. Five years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a plan for ensuring that people with disabilities would be able to get the supports and serv

The state of New York has only one paid ombudsman per 4,466 long-term care beds, less than half the recommended level. (unclelkt/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York needs to increase the number of people who can offer support for those in long-term care, according to advocates for older residents and people with disabilities who are delivering that message in Albany Wednesday. The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program gives those who

Advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities say every $1 invested in independent-living centers saves the state $9. (Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. – State funding for New York's independent-living centers hasn't increased in ten years, and that needs to change - that's the message being delivered to state lawmakers today by advocates for people with disabilities. Some 41 independent-living centers provide direct services to

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

People with disabilities and the elderly are more likely to be injured or die during emergencies. (skeeze/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Advocates for people with disabilities say the death of eight residents of a Florida nursing home that lost power shows the importance of better planning to help those with special needs during emergencies. Seniors and people with disabilities face disproportionately increased ris

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

Medicaid lists physical therapy as an “optional” service. (Roger Mommaerts/Flickr)

NEW YORK – As the U.S. Senate takes up its health care bill again this week, advocates for people with disabilities are concerned that cuts to Medicaid could limit benefits that provide critical care. The Republican Party’s plan unveiled before the July 4 recess would cut Medicaid fund

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