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    PNS Daily News - September 1, 20150 

    Public News Service Daily News Update: A Kentucky Court Clerk defies the U.S. Supreme Court and refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples; a new report looks at religious exemption bills and discrimination; a rally on the West Coast today to combat wage theft; and unmasking the face of hunger in the Midwest.

Public News Service - Connecticut

School Attendance Awareness Month kicks-off in September and in Connecticut there is special emphasis in Hartford Public Schools where six-in-10 students are chronically absent from class. Credit: woodleywonderworks via wiki commons.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Nationwide, nearly one in 10 students is chronically absent from school, but as School Attendance Awareness month kicks off tomorrow, some Connecticut districts are coping with much higher absentee rates. Mario Flores is director of school climate and culture for Hartford P...Read More

Public News Service - CT

Opponents of the death penalty say the 4-3 State Supreme Court decision abolishing Connecticut's death penalty adds weights to the growing national consensus against capital punishment. Credit: Florida Department of Corrections - Doug Smith

HARTFORD, Conn. – The State Supreme Court's 4 to 3 decision striking down Connecticut's death penalty has been called overreach by critics. But Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, says the court found the punishment violated the constitution in two ways....Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: An advocate for CT rail commuters says railroads should not be granted a three-year extension on the December 2015 deadline for installing positive control safety measures. Photo credit - wikimedia commons

HARTFORD, Conn. - As Connecticut rail commuters head back to work this week, lawmakers in Washington are debating another three-year delay on the deadline for railroads to install crash-prevention measures. The system is called positive control and Jim Cameron, founder with the Commuter Action Gro...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: The AARP Fraud Watch Network says investing without checking up on the reputation of your broker or financial adviser is a gamble. And yet, a survey of Connecticut investors reveals few have taken that step. Photo credit: cohdra/

HARTFORD, Conn. - It's good news that the majority of adults living in Connecticut are making financial investments. But a new survey finds most don't bother to check out their financial adviser before handing over their cash. Erica Michalowski, community outreach director for AARP Connecticut, sa...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: Bike riders are getting used to a new law that took effect July 1 that instructs riders to ride as far to the right as is judged safe by the cyclist. Photo Credit:

HARTFORD, Conn. - Summer is a peak time for bike riding, and cyclists all across the state are just now getting used to a new bike safety law that took effect this month. The state dropped a confusing word from a bike safety law, said Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike Walk Connecticut. The ...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: Displaced office cleaners staged an action Wednesday afternoon in front of an office building in Rocky Hill, where they say their contracts were abruptly cancelled, despite some working 15 years or more in the building. Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Many would find it hard to imagine workers who had put in a full day's work cleaning an office building, some for 15 years or more, would be reduced to accepting food handouts. Displaced cleaning workers and their supporters staged a demonstration action at an office buildin...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: Consumer advocates warn of a new scam targeting job-seekers of all ages with phone posts that aim to get personal information and money. Photo credit: Mike Clifford.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Local consumer advocates warn job-seekers to beware of the latest scam preying on Tri-State residents of all ages. Howard Schwartz with the Connecticut Better Business Bureau (BBB) says con artists have been busy all over New England posting phony job postings, often on legi...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: Senator Chris Murphy is scheduled to talk with federal officials today (Monday) about the breakdown in the background check system that allowed mass murder suspect Dylan Roof to purchase a handgun. Courtesy - Senator Murphy

HARTFORD, Conn. – It's an admitted breakdown in the federal background check system that may have cost nine lives, and today U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy will meet with the FBI and the Department of Justice to discuss that failure. Dylan Roof, the 21-year-old suspect in the South Carolina church s...Read More

Public News Service - CT

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