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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2021 


Pro-democracy groups in West Virginia urging support for the "For the People Act;" the debate rages on over Michigan's proposed trans sports ban.


2021Talks - April 9, 2021 


A House bill pushing states on permit-to-purchase handgun laws aims to cut gun violence; HUD Secretary announces nearly $5B in rental assistance; and record numbers of asylum seekers turned back from U.S. are seeking sanctuary in Mexico.

Public News Service - NY: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Advocates say 90 percent of Americans want mandatory GMO labeling. (Alexis Baden-Mayer/flickr.com)

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NEW YORK - A bill requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has cleared its first hurdle in the state Assembly. Despite serious opposition from retailers and agricultural industries, the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection approved the measure Tuesd

Experts encourage the adoption of older youths in foster care during National Adoption Month. Credit: Stacy Braswell/freeimages.com

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NEW YORK - Transitioning into adulthood can be difficult for many teens. But those who age out of foster care without ever being adopted lack the family support system that helps many become independent. Research at the Chapin Hall policy research center at the University of Chicago found that, as

ILLUSTRATION: April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Prevention advocates in New York and nationwide report progress and problems. Photo credit:  FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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BETHPAGE, N.Y. - If there's a message, it's: "If you see something, say something." April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and advocates fighting to protect minors say progress is made when people learn to step up and report abuse. Anthony Zenkus, director o

GRAPHIC: The Nassau County District Attorney was a co-sponsor of a conference this week on youth and gang violence, which is an ongoing problem on Long Island and around the state. Courtesy: NCDA.<br /><br />

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Violent youth gangs attract New York's young people, and efforts to combat that involve parents, schools, community groups and law enforcement. They all put their heads together this week at Hofstra University. Mia Zatar, executive director of the anti-gang group Strong Youth Inc.

PHOTO: A bipartisan bill labeled the

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NEW YORK - The "Strong Start for America's Children" Act is expected to be introduced in Congress today, calling for an investment in early learning. It's aimed at implementing President Obama's call for universal pre-kindergarten, among other things. Rep. John Hanna, a Republican whose district in

PHOTO: Getting at-risk teenage girls involved in programs such as this Long Island triathlon challenge, may be one way to combat a disturbing trend: poor, undereducated white women in America are dying five years earlier than the generation before them. Couresy i-tri.

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EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. - The life expectancy of white, female high school dropouts has dropped markedly over the past 20 years, according to researchers in population, human longevity and public health. Poor, undereducated, white American women can now expect to die five years earlier than the generatio

PHOTO: New Yorkers will join in a national campaign today, with a “virtual day of action” on behalf of federal support for early childhood education. Blogging, tweeting and posting will be done on behalf of those too young to engage in social media. Courtesy Zero to Three.

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NEW YORK - This month is the culmination of a drive to let the Obama administration and Congress know there's widespread support for the president's plan to spend some $75 billion enhancing the future for America's tiniest citizens. In New York and around the nation, the message is to support fundi

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama joined NY Governor Cuomo in pledging to commit more resources and support for pre-kindergarten programs – an investment they say will boost the economy while producing better students and citizens. Photo courtesy Build Initiative

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ALBANY, N.Y. - In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama committed to universal pre-K, with the goal of all children entering kindergarten prepared for academic success. The President proposed working with Congress to provide all 4-year-olds in low- and moderate-income families w

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