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Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent due in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - NY: Budget Policy & Priorities

Young black and Hispanic children are missed by the census at twice the rate of white children. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Children under five are the largest age group to be missed in the U.S. Census, so children's advocates are making concerted efforts to increase participation this year. The census is supposed to count every person of any age living in the United States. The data not only determines con

Unlike cloth masks, N95 masks are form-fitting and filter out fine particles. (Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- A petition with more than a quarter-million signatures has been sent to Congress demanding regulations to keep health care workers safe as they treat COVID-19 patients. Nurses say they need filtering respirators to keep them safe from infection by the novel coronavirus. But facing a na

Every dollar spent on SNAP generates $1.80 in economic activity. (pixelrobot/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Hunger advocates say strengthening SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is vital to protecting against increased food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the White House is going the wrong way. With businesses shutting down across the country to stop the spread of the coronavi

P.S. 67 in Brooklyn has onsite medical facilities, mental health counselors and a food pantry. (Mike Hickey/@manabouttownnyc)

By Florina Rodov Broadcast version by Andrea Sears Reporting for the YES! Magazine Media-New York News Connection NEW YORK -- When Latoya Ramjit struggles to make ends meet, she turns to a food pantry that provides milk, juice, cereal, fresh fruit and vegetables, and even cleaning supplies and hyg

Workers say loopholes in New York labor laws undermine recent minimum-wage increases. (Photo: Zishun Ning)

NEW YORK -- We need the SWEAT Bill now. That's the message workers delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday. The SWEAT bill would expand the existing mechanics' lien law that helps contractors secure payment from building owners to allow hourly workers to collect when employers refuse to pay. Sara

A proposed budget amendment could speed up permitting and construction of large scale renewable energy facilities. (peterschreiber.media/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new budget proposal would streamline the process for the placement and construction of large scale renewable energy projects in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget amendment would create a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting to expedite the development of renewabl

Algal blooms can cause fish kills and produce conditions that are dangerous to humans. (smspsy/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Drastic cuts to clean water programs in the Trump administration's proposed national budget would be a big loss for the Great Lakes, according to groups that advocate for water quality. The budget proposal would maintain the current level of funding for the Great Lakes Restoration I

Investing clean-energy dollars in vulnerable communities creates jobs and fights climate change. (surasak/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A coalition of environmental, justice, faith, labor and community groups says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget comes up short on protecting vulnerable communities from climate change. In a letter sent to state legislators, New York Renews says the budget proposal doesn't contain t

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