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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2019 


Iran threatens to exceed the uranium enrichment limit agreed to under a 2015 nuclear deal. Also on today's rundown: More results of a new report on children's well-being; and a North Carolina Jewish congregation returns to its synagogue after sharing a local church.

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Public News Service - NY: Poverty

Research confirms that placing foster children with a family they know and trust improves their chances of success. (Pxhere)

NEW YORK – For children who are separated from their parents, child-welfare systems in New York and around the country are putting family first, according to a new report. The Annie E Casey Foundation found that from 2007 to 2017, placements of children and youth with relatives or in family

Ten states, including Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, have legalized recreational marijuana. (vjkombajn/pixabay)

NEW YORK – Drug policy reform advocates are confident that in 2019 New York will join the rush of states legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The Empire State was slow in allowing extremely limited use of medical marijuana. But some advocates say what may have seemed inconceivable just

The average SNAP benefit now equals $1.36 per meal. (photo: USDA)

NEW YORK – The Farm Bill passed by Congress last week did not include major cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but food security advocates say the bill falls short of meeting nutritional needs. The House version of the Farm Bill had included new work requirements f

Immigrant children in New York were more likely to be uninsured than other groups in the state in 2017, likely due to parents' fear of interacting with the government. (Sgt. Randall A. Clinton/Marines)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Across the country, the number of children without health insurance rose in 2017 for the first time in eight years, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The research found no state made progress to get more children insured

Critics say the PSC's VDER plan has halted more than $800 million of investment in solar energy in upstate New York alone. (pxhere)

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York's State Assembly voted earlier this week to restore net metering of community solar power. The bill would put the Public Service Commission's Value of Distributed Energy Resources, or VDER, plan on hold for three years. Net metering and VDER are methods of calculatin

A delegation of workers delivers letters outlining their complaints to JFK International Air Terminal, which operates Terminal 4. (32BJ SEIU)

NEW YORK – Airport workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport allege that the same security firm that settled a wage-theft lawsuit last year hasn't changed its ways. The workers claim that Global Security Consulting Group is continuing to violate New York state wage and hour laws by no

The transition to renewable energy can bring clean power and jobs to low-income communities. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

BUFFALO, N.Y. – People United for Sustainable Housing, or PUSH Buffalo, will soon be getting a new executive director who has a vision for environmental justice across New York state. Rahwa Ghirmatzion will be moving up from deputy director to succeed PUSH co-founder Aaron Bartley. Ghirmat

The proposed cut to the Childrenís Health Insurance Program makes up almost half of the administrationís rescission package.  (@lira_n4/Twenty20)

NEW YORK – Faced with looming budget deficits, the Trump administration is looking to cut federal spending by some $15 billion, with almost half coming from the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In the past six months, Congress and the White House have enacted tax cuts and spending

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