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    PNS Daily News - May 28, 20150 


    Our coast to coast news highlights several stories including: controversial new federal water rules hailed around the country; conservation groups sue to stop deep-sea mining; and a court order sought to free birth certificates of U.S. born children of immigrant parents.

Public News Service - Connecticut

PHOTO: The Senate Appropriations Committee gets back to work on Amtrak's budget, and Connecticut Senators says the issue not only impacts train safety, but traffic jams as well. Photo credit - Wikimedia A. Moriera

HARTFORD, Conn. - As folks head back to work after the long weekend, both of Connecticut's Senators say the rails would be a whole lot safer and the roads less clogged if Amtrak were properly funded. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) says Japan's Bullet train hurtles along at 200 miles per hour but h...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: As the NTSB investigates Tuesday's fatal train derailment near Philadelphia, a commuter advocate says the accident could point to rail issues in the heavily-traveled Northeast corridor. Photo credit: Patrick Murphy, former Pennsylvania congressman who was aboard the train.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Investigators are probing everything from speed to track signals in connection with Tuesday's fatal Amtrak derailment which occurred on a heavily-used stretch of track. Jim Cameron, founder of the Commuter Action Group, says it's too early to pinpoint what went wrong near Phila...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: A new Consumers Union Survey finds one-in-three Americans are being hit with a surprise medical bill from an out-of-network provider, but the good news is Connecticut lawmakers appear to be ready to take action on the issue. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

HARTFORD, Conn. - Nearly one-in-three Americans has experienced the pain of a "surprise" medical bill in the past two years, according to a new national survey, and advocates are hoping Connecticut lawmakers will take action. Chuck Bell, program director with Consumers Union, says these unplanned ...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: Research from AARP crunches the potential costs of employing older workers and finds the value experience outweighs the cost.

HARTFORD, Conn. – The trend in New England and the nation finds an increase in the number of older workers on the job and looking for work, and a recent study is doing some myth busting about the supposed costs of those workers. Laura Bos, manager of education and outreach for financial secu...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: Connecticut advocates have been urging other retailers, including Lowe's, to follow the lead of Home Depot and phase out dangerous chemicals in some flooring products. They are concerned that a Senate update of the Toxic Substances Control Act isn't sufficient. Photo credit: Susan Eastwood.

HARTFORD, Conn. - Backers say it will provide a long-needed update to the Toxic Substances Control Act, but local consumer advocates say a measure pending in the U.S. Senate could result in less protection for consumers. Anne Hulick, Connecticut state director of Clean Water Action in Hartford, sai...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: An online tool is now live that allows you to compare towns, cities and states using the AARP Livability Index that crunches more than 60 factors. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons - Iracaz

HARTFORD, Conn. - It's one of those vexing questions: How do you know if you are living in the right place? Comparison shopping for towns and cities now is available on the web. It all comes down to "livability" according to Erica Michalowski, associate state director for community outreach with AA...Read More

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PHOTO: Town and city planners will hear from a transportation expert this week about how Portland, Ore.'s investment in hundreds of miles of bike lanes has quadrupled bike use in that city. Photo credit: Wikimedia commons - Steve Morgan

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. - It will be a wonky summit for sure, but at stake this week is the future of bikeways and non-motorized transportation for towns and cities all across the state. Senior project engineer David Head with VHB Inc. is on the board with BikeWalk Connecticut. He says this week's summi...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: Janitors and other members of 32BJ SEIU in Connecticut will take part in "Fight for 15" actions on Wednesday in Danbury, Hartford, New London and Stamford. Photo courtesy of 32BJ SEIU.

STAMFORD, Conn. - It's being called the Fight for 15, and in actions across Connecticut and the nation, low-wage workers are joining in a global effort to call attention to income inequality. Juan Hernandez, state director of 32BJ SEIU, says it takes about $26 an hour for a couple to keep up with t...Read More

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