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PNS Daily Newscast - June 21, 2018 


President Donald Trump reverses course on some aspects of his border policy. Also on the Thursday rundown: with the midterms approaching we will take you to a state, you might not expect to be reaching out to Latino voters: and Dan Heyman has a novel angle on the utility of medical marijuana

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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 new federal rule could allow health insurers to exclude people who are ill or have pre-existing conditions from coverage. (pxhere)

NEW YORK - The Trump administration has cleared the way for an unprecedented expansion of inexpensive health insurance that critics say will drive prices up for more comprehensive plans. The new federal regulation allows small employers to join together to create so-called "association health plans

Jerry Jung of the group Rethink Ethanol says the ethanol mandate has led to the conversion of 7 million acres of wildlife habitat to agriculture. (GregMontani/Pixabay)

NEW YORK - A coalition of small-business owners, industry leaders and environmentalists says it's time to take a hard look at the real impact of ethanol mixed in gasoline. In 2005, Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard, requiring that 4 billion gallons of ethanol be added to the nation's gaso

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 Children’s Health Insurance Program makes up almost half of the administration’s 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

Opponents of offshore drilling say a spill would devastate New York’s fishing and tourism industries. (U.S. Coast Guard)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is advancing legislation designed to discourage oil and gas development in New York's coastal waters. The Trump administration wants to open up the Atlantic coast from Georgia to Maine to offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling. The governor's propose

About 17 million American families pay 30 percent or more of their income in rent. (Photos public domain)

NEW YORK – High rents are threatening families' financial security and putting home ownership out of reach for many, according to a new report. The analysis from The Pew Charitable Trusts says since the Great Recession, the number of households paying more than 30 percent of their pre-tax inc

Immigrants and advocates rallied in Albany on Wednesday for passage of Assembly Bill 10273. (Green Light Campaign)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Immigrants and their supporters are calling on the state Assembly to pass a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for New York State driver licenses. Assembly Bill 10273 would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue standard drivers' licenses witho

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