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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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After Superstorm Sandy, New York City launched a $20 billion program to improve protections from the impacts of climate change. (Bill de Blasio/Flickr)

NEW YORK – New York City has filed a lawsuit against five major oil companies for damages the city blames on climate change. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the companies intentionally misled the public to protect their profits and now they need to shoulder the cost of making the city safer. Fol

The U.S. Dept. of Labor wants to allow the sale of insurance plans that don't include the essential health benefits outlined in the Affordable Care Act. (paulbr75/Pixabayhospital)

NEW YORK -- The federal Department of Labor is proposing a rule that critics say would allow the sale of what some call "junk" health insurance. Published in the Federal Register last week, the rule would loosen restrictions on Association Health Plans, offered by professional groups or other asso

Significant amounts of PCBs remain in river sediments north of the Troy Dam, environmentalists say. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)<br />

NEW YORK – The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed a decision on whether General Electric has properly completed its cleanup of the Hudson River. The EPA sent a letter to GE on Tuesday, saying the agency needs more time to complete its review. GE had asked the EPA for a "certificat

The developer has permits to build a 19.6 megawatt solar facility on the site. (mrganso/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that pitted developing new renewable energy sources against preserving open land. Senate Bill 6157 would have stopped a proposed solar power development in Suffolk County by expanding the Central Pine Barrens preservation area. In issuing

Help enrolling or changing coverage is available online. (FirmBee/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Friday is the last day of open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act for 2018, a deadline even those with insurance should heed. The open enrollment window was cut in half this year and the federal budget for advertising it was slashed by 90 percent. Bu

Medicaid cuts would endanger services on which people with disabilities rely to stay independent, advocates say. (CIDNY)

NEW YORK – A coalition of organizations is staging a day of action Wednesday to protest cuts to health care, social services and other programs under the Republican tax bills now making their way through Congress. The tax bills now in a House-Senate conference committee would slash taxes on

Subcontracted airport workers attended Thursday's meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners. (Carmen Cusido/32BJ SEIU)

NEW YORK – It's time to keep the promise of better wages and benefits - that's the message workers from JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports delivered to the Port Authority on Thursday. In 2014, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey promised airport workers a better wage and benefit pl

More than 7 million acres of grassland and forest has been converted to agricultural production for ethanol production. (GregMontani/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – The federal mandate to add ethanol to fuel has led to a big increase in climate disrupting pollution, according to new research from the University of Wisconsin. The Renewable Fuel Standard requires about 17 billion gallons of ethanol, derived mostly from corn, to be blended into

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