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    PNS Daily News - May 2, 20150 


    We’re covering a variety of topics including: emotions running high in Baltimore after charges filed against officers in Freddie Gray’s death; low staffing levels blamed for risks to worker safety in Minnesota; and cities around the country join a global rally to reform marijuana policies.

Public News Service - Connecticut

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

Public News Service - CT

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

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: Hilton Worldwide announced this week that it will begin to eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for breeding pigs from its global supply chain. Photo credit: USDA - S Bauer.

HARTFORD, Conn. - Hilton Worldwide, one of the largest resort and hotel chains in the world, has announced it will eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for breeding pigs from its global supply chain. Hilton's decision is a major victory for animal welfare, said Josh B...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: A new report finds more than 370 bridges in Connecticut are in need of repairs or upgrades. Photo credit: JayDuck/Wikimedia Commons.

HARTFORD, Conn. - If your morning commute takes you across a bridge in Connecticut, a new report finds you could be traveling across a span with issues related to its superstructure, deck or substructure. Alison Black, chief economist for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, s...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: A new report crunched data from millions of online job postings by state and ranks Connecticut at 16th in the nation for college graduates' odds of landing a job there. Photo credit: Mike Clifford.

HHARTFORD, Conn. – A new report finds Connecticut is in the top 20, if you're a college graduate looking for a state with the best odds of landing a job. The report from the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce crunched data from millions of online job postings nationwide. Report au...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: There's new hope for children in Connecticut and the nation, as a new study identifies treatable factors that can prevent chronic kidney disease in children. Photo credit: Mike Clifford.

HARTFORD, Conn. - New hope is on the horizon for children suffering from chronic kidney disease, thanks to the results of a new study that, for the first time, identifies some of the factors that can lead to kidney failure. Dr. Bradley Warady of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City was the co-p...Read More

Public News Service - CT

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