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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2019 


Speaker Pelosi sends a message to Trump – No State of the Union in Congress while shutdown continues. Also on the Thursday rundown: federal employees in Michigan to rally against the shutdown. Plus a Green New Deal in New York raises the bar for clean energy.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for the development of 2.4 GW of offshore wind power by 2030. (Hans Hillewaert/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Tomorrow is Earth Day and, though efforts to fight climate change are under attack in the nation's capital, here in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting high marks for his clean-energy initiatives. However, some in the environmental community say he needs to do more. They give C

Treating drug addiction as a health issue rather than a crime has a proven track record of success. (Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Drug policy should be based on facts, not fear. That's one of the messages scientists, academics and their allies will be taking to the nation's capital this Saturday. Responding to the rise of "alternative facts," the National March for Science is being promoted as a call for policymake

Forty-seven people died from the 2013 derailment of an oil train in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. (Sûreté du Québec/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Thousands of New Yorkers are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject two projects that would increase the flow of crude oil through Albany. A letter signed by more than 3,500 New Yorkers asked the governor to deny permits for construction of an oil facility at the Port of Albany, and th

Shelter allowances for people on public assistance fall far short of the cost of housing. (sinzicraciun0/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — Advocates for homeless New Yorkers say a proposal now in the state Legislature could drastically reduce and prevent homelessness across the state. There now are about 60,000 people living in homeless shelters in New York, and the cost of keeping a family in a welfare hotel can be

Supporters of expanding access to driver’s licenses say it helps ensure that all drivers are licensed and insured. (versageek/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Hundreds gathered in Albany on Tuesday to ask state lawmakers to pass a bill creating what they're calling a "driver's license for all." Assembly bill 4050 would create a category of limited-purpose New York State driver's licenses to serve as legal identification that would be av

In the 2014 general election, New York state was 49th for voter participation. Legislation now in Albany seeks to improve voter turnout. (Danny Howard/Flickr)

NEW YORK - A package of legislation introduced by New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman would streamline voter registration and increase turnout, good-government groups say. The New York Votes Act, unveiled Wednesday, would make big changes that include automatic voter registration, con

Numerous studies show in-person voter fraud is extremely rare. (Vox Efx/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Modernizing voter registration practices can register more voters and protect the integrity of elections, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice. President Donald Trump has claimed that millions of people voted illegally in the November election. Though numerous

Alphonso David, Governor Cuomo, and Hector Figueroa speaking at a Sunday news conference.  (Governor Andrew Cuomo)

NEW YORK -- Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken action to protect the legal rights of immigrants being detained at New York airports. Immediately after President Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, officials began detaining those arriving at U.

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