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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


2020Talks - August 13, 2020 


Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - NY: Disabilities

Three-quarters of New York City subway stations still are inaccessible for wheelchair users. (Tdorante10 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)])

NEW YORK — A federal class-action lawsuit claims New York City's subway system has broken the law by failing to make stations wheelchair accessible. The lawsuit was filed by the group Disability Rights Advocates on behalf of individual plaintiffs and a coalition of disability organizations.

Good news for New York City residents in wheelchairs: The city has agreed to survey crosswalks citywide and schedule repairs of missing or damaged curb cuts. (Steve Buissinne/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Advocates for people with disabilities are calling the settlement of two class-action lawsuits in New York City "historic." The agreement is good news for members of the city's disability community, who have struggled with missing or deteriorating curb cuts, missing detectable traf

Improved website access will allow people with vision disabilities to register to vote and update information online. (janeb13/Pixabay)

Correction: CIDNY provided evidence in a successful legal action to make polling sites accessible, they did not bring the lawsuit. (7 am MST, 2/25/2019) NEW YORK -- New Yorkers with vision disabilities soon will be able to navigate state Board of Elections and Department of Motor Vehicles websites.

Fewer than 25 percent of New York City subway stations are considered wheelchair-accessible. (Dariya Dee/Twenty20)

NEW YORK - People with disabilities are rallying today at the site where a young mother died when she fell down subway stairs. Malaysia Goodman fell in the subway station at 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue on Monday as she was carrying her year-old daughter down the steps in a stroller. The daughter

Children with mental or cognitive disabilities are 4.6 times more likely than other children to be victims of sexual abuse. (Tech. Sgt. Rey Ramon/U.S. Air Force)

NEW YORK — The new year may finally bring the passage of a bill to allow more time for victims of child sexual abuse to file suits against their abusers in New York state – legislation that is especially important for people with disabilities. Children with disabilities are disproporti

Recent primaries showed good progress toward addressing those issues in New York City. (Joel Martinez/US Dept. of Defense)

NEW YORK – Advocates for people with disabilities say New York City has made progress in making polling sites accessible, but this coming Election Day will put that to the test. New York City has faced lawsuits over polling sites that don't have wheelchair ramps and other accommodations for

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

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