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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2019 


The Trump administration finalizes a coal-friendly emissions rule for power plants. Also on today's rundown: A new development in the debate over the 2020 Census citizenship question; and why "Juneteenth" is an encore celebration in Florida and other states.

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Public News Service - NY: Civic Engagement

For the first time, people can apply online for jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau. (janeb13/Pixabay)

NEW YORK -- The 2020 Census Day is April 1 of next year, but opportunities are opening up now to help ensure the count is a success. The Census Bureau is charged with counting every person living in the United States once each decade. It's a massive undertaking with important consequences, includi

Proposed reforms to New York's election laws include early voting, online and automatic registration, and more. (BigGirlCamera/Twenty20)

NEW YORK – Good government groups are hopeful that the New York State Legislature finally will pass long overdue election law reforms. They blame antiquated election laws for New York having one of the lowest voter participation rates in the country, but a package of reform bills coming up f

More than 30 New York state lawmakers have been forced from office for ethics violations or criminal convictions. (LoveBuiltLife/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Government watchdogs are urging New York State to finally pass legislation to fight corruption in state contracting. Massive corruption scandals have rocked the Empire State, including the convictions of some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aides and campaign contributors. But legislat

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

Civil rights advocates say adding a citizenship question to the census will discourage immigrant participation. (U.S. Census Bureau)

NEW YORK — A lawsuit filed Wednesday asks a federal court to stop the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The lawsuit was filed by the American and New York Civil Liberties Unions on behalf of immigrant-rights organizations. The suit charges that the order to include the q

Transportation is now the leading source of carbon pollution in the Northeast. (Tama66/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany was the scene of the first in a series of public listening sessions to develop a multi-state plan for clean transportation. Transportation now is the leading source of greenhouse-gas emissions in the Northeast, accounting for about 40 percent of all carbon pollution. Last Nove

In 2016 alone, National Park Service sites, such as the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site in New York City, contributed $35 billion to the U.S. economy. (Elisa.rolle/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Members of the New York congressional delegation, New York City lawmakers and conservation groups celebrated President's Day weekend by calling on Congress to fund nearly $1 billion in deferred maintenance at National Park Service sites across the state. Marcia Argust, director of

New York has repeatedly been dubbed one of the most corrupt states in the nation. (wadester16 CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr)

NEW YORK – As more state elected officials face federal charges, good-government watchdog groups are urging the governor and lawmakers to institute reforms. At least a half-dozen former New York public officials are scheduled for trial or retrial in the first six months of this year, and jus

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