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    PNS Daily News - July 3, 20150 

    We’re covering issues from around the nation including: a multi-billion dollar settlement announced in the Deepwater Horizon spill; hunger impacting our veterans this Fourth of July; and a dangerous weekend predicted on America’s roadways.

Public News Service - Connecticut

PHOTO: Health care advocate Frances Padilla says many Connecticut consumers are saving thousands of dollars a month on their insurance premiums as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court Affordable Care Act decision. Photo courtesy Rosana Garcia.

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Supreme Court decision upholding federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act has major implications for consumers, according to local advocates. Frances Padilla, president of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, applauded the logic behind the ruling and also ...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: A striking janitor being clubbed by L.A. Police on June 15, 1990. Connecticut workers are marking the 25th annual Justice for Janitors Day with a march to Hartford City Hall on Wednesday. Photo courtesy: SEIU.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Union leaders and service workers in Connecticut are marking the 25th anniversary of Justice for Janitors Day – and they are organizing for contract negotiations this fall. Juan Hernandez, Connecticut district director for the union 32BJ, notes it was 25 years ago tha...Read More

Public News Service - CT

PHOTO: More than 400 sites are gearing up to make sure that Connecticut children don't go hungry when school lets out later this month. Courtesy: End Hunger Connecticut!

HARTFORD, Conn. – While many students can't wait for the school year to end, tens of thousands of local parents are thinking about how to feed their children when the school lunchroom closes. Dawn Crayco, deputy director, End Hunger Connecticut, says the summer months often mean more child c...Read More

Public News Service - CT

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

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