PNS Daily News - October 16, 2019 

Farmers in DC to discuss trade and the rural economic crisis; also Lily Bohlke reports on the Democratic debate -- from 2020 Talks.

2020Talks - October 16, 2019 

Last night in Ohio the fourth Democratic debate covered issues from health care, gun control and abortion to the Turkish invasion of Syria. What's clear: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has replaced former VP Joe Biden as the centerstage target.

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At least 82 New York school districts face an inability to raise funds because of a negative tax cap this year. (LittleDan/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Education groups are warning that New York's property-tax cap means schools need additional state aid to fund services. School districts depend on property taxes and state funding for their programs. But the amount they can raise is limited by a property tax cap, which is set at t

Twenty-seven percent of traffic fatalities in New York state are pedestrians or bicyclists. (Kt Ann/

ALBANY, New York - Transportation safety advocates are applauding the Assembly budget bill for dedicating $20 million to improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. Five years ago, the state passed "Complete Streets," a measure intended to help communities build walking and cycling infrastruc

An estimated 90 percent of Americans want labeling of GMO foods. (Alexis Baden-Mayer/

NEW YORK - States may yet be able to require labeling of genetically modified food products. A bill to ban required labeling of GMO foods was defeated in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. Consumer advocates called it the DARK or "Deny Americans the Right to Know" Act. The vote was close, but the b

Supporters of GMO labeling urge passage of a law in New York. (

NEW YORK - A bill just approved by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee could kill state laws requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, including a bill now pending in New York. Opponents call it the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" or DARK Act. Stacie Orell, director of t

Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced the bill last year in Buffalo. It would allow people to claim tax credits for donations to private and religious schools. (GovernorAndrewCuomo/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Civil liberties advocates want lawmakers in Albany to kill a bill they say violates the separation of church and state. What's being called the "Parental Choice in Education Act" was introduced as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget. It would allow wealthy donors to claim t

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman investigated claims of delayed or denied school admissions for children arriving from Latin American countries. (Lonnie Tague/Wikimedia Commons)

WESTBURY, N.Y. - The Westbury School District on Long Island has agreed to end its unwritten policy of delaying or denying school enrollment to children arriving from Central and South America. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office was investigating claims that admissions for t

Almost 90,000 4 year olds in upstate New York don't get full-day pre-K. (Lochoaymca/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. - In 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to make pre-K for 4 year olds universal in New York, but a new report says many upstate children still are going without. The report, called Too Many Children Left Behind, says in the first year the state added $340 million of funding for pre-K, bu

An estimated 20 percent of young people in juvenile detention are LGBT. (Eugene Peretz/Flickr)

NEW YORK - The criminal justice system is failing LGBT Americans, according to a report released today. Less than four percent of the population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But the report, from the Movement Advancement Project, found twice that percentage among adults in j

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