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PNS Daily Newscast - September 28, 2020 


The New York Times reports President Trump's tax returns show chronic losses; and will climate change make it as a topic in the first presidential debate?


2020Talks - September 28, 2020 


The New York Times obtains President Trump's tax returns, showing chronic loss and debts coming due. And Judge Amy Coney Barrett is Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Public News Service - NY: Civic Engagement

Socially distanced and virtual vigils are taking place at nursing homes across New York state. (NY Caring Majority)

NEW YORK -- Seniors, community, faith and labor leaders joined in vigils at nursing homes over the Memorial Day weekend to demand more protections for workers and residents. So far in the pandemic, New York nursing homes have seen more than 5,800 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. People in th

Online voting systems allow people with disabilities to vote independently and privately. (Dob's Farm/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- A federal lawsuit claims many people with disabilities are being excluded from New York state's expanded absentee ballot program. To help keep voters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, New York is allowing anyone to apply for an absentee ballot that can be mailed in rather than going to

The Ryan Larkin New York-Presbyterian Field Hospital can treat more than 216 patients. (Frederick Wellman)

NEW YORK -- Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued executive orders allowing people with varying degrees of training to help treat COVID-19 patients, veterans have been putting their skills to work on the front lines of the pandemic. When Fred Wellman, founder of a veteran-owned public relations firm in R

Earth Day 50 will focus on the importance of continuing investment in the health of the planet. (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. And to mark the occasion, environmentalists are having a virtual gathering, urging the state of New York to continue its commitment to healing the planet. The COVID-19 pandemic will have a huge impact on the New York state budget. But env

Effective next Thursday, most SUNY and CUNY classes will take place online. (olezzo/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Faculty at SUNY campuses are moving quickly to make the transition to distance learning as classrooms close down in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that City and State University of New York campuses will switch to onlin

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

The Respect and Dignity for All platform includes 17 policy priorities for immigrants and working-class people of color in New York. (Dubo/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Hundreds of immigrants and people of color are in Albany today calling on legislators to act on a list of priorities they call the Respect and Dignity for All platform. They traveled from New York City, Long Island and Westchester for a morning rally and day of lobbying in the state ca

Advocates say to get an accurate count, census outreach efforts need to begin by January. (U.S. Census Bureau)

NEW YORK – Now is the time to begin distributing funds for promoting participation in the 2020 census: That's the message immigrants' advocates want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hear. The Trump administration's drive to include a citizenship question on the census created fear that immigrants who par

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