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PNS Daily Newscast - August 3, 2020 

Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.

2020Talks - August 3, 2020 

Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - NY: Smoking Prevention

PHOTO: President Obama wants to invest some $75 billion dollars in early childhood education and fund it by raising federal taxes on cigarettes. That has started a dialogue among children’s advocates in New York. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer

NEW YORK CITY - In his State of the Union address, President Obama said he wants to invest some $75 billion in early childhood education and make the pre-kindergarten experience available to all of the nation's 4-year-olds. He said he would try to fund it by asking Congress to raise federal taxes on

NEW YORK - Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a tragedy which still holds much to be learned - and taught. The fire raced through three floors of a Lower East Side sweatshop, claiming 146 victims - most of them young immigrant women - trapped by a locked door

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A recent report delivered to President Obama by a special panel appointed by President Bush warned that the risk of cancer from environmental toxins is "grossly under-estimated." But, making the situation even worse, say many health professionals, are the other ill effects of such

NEW YORK - If times weren't hard enough for the nonprofits that fill in the gaps of society's so-called safety net, their recession-related funding cuts may be aggravated by proposals in many states, including New York, that they be hit with new fees and taxes, as part of states' plans to balance bu

NEW YORK - The New Year will see thousands of drug offenders headed to treatment instead of prison and some long-time offenders getting a new lease on life. That's because in 2009, state lawmakers decided to "just say no" to New York's Rockefeller drug laws. Glenn Martin, vice president of develop

NEW YORK - Advocates for people with disabilities have spotted a flaw in the health care reform bill proposed by Sen. Max Baucus they say could throw a barrier in front of those who rely in Medicaid for things they need to function. Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of

ALBANY, NY - President Obama's speech to Congress Wednesday night was "encouraging" according to AARP New York, which counts some 2.6 million New Yorkers 50 and older among its membership. Legislative representative Bill Ferris applauded the President's pledge to strengthen Medicare, fill the gap in

ALBANY, N.Y. - "At ease!" Once upon a time, that generally-welcome military command was often followed by, "Smoke 'em if you got 'em!" But these days, the U.S. armed forces may be turning tobacco-free. Of the more than 71,000 New Yorkers in the U.S. military, about one-third smoke or chew. A new st

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