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    PNS Daily News - October 8, 20150 

    In our coast to coast coverage today we’re highlighting several stories including: President Obama apologizing for a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan, the death penalty is facing a challenge in Montana, and those with serious student loan debt could see some help in Wisconsin.

Public News Service - Connecticut

Preventive care saves lives by detecting chronic diseases early. Credit: Bill Branson/Wikimedia Commons.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Almost half of Connecticut residents surveyed are not using the free preventive health care available under the Affordable Care Act. The survey, conducted by the Connecticut Health I Team, found that almost 90 percent of those responding have a primary care physician –...Read More

Public News Service - CT

Almost 90 percent of corn for feeding cattle, pigs and chickens is grown from genetically modified seeds. Credit: Juliacasado1/

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A challenge to a Vermont law requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms goes before a federal court of appeals this week, and the results could affect Connecticut. Connecticut passed a GMO labeling law in 2013, but it can't go into effect until at l...Read More

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Most National Security Letter recipients are forbidden to talk about them. Credit: Tom Murphy/

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For the first time, a federal court has lifted an FBI-imposed gag order on a National Security Letter. A National Security Letter is an administrative subpoena usually requesting business records. Since the passage of the USA Patriot Act, tens of thousands have been issued to ind...Read More

Public News Service - CT

The average SNAP recipient receives benefits for 10 months or less. Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

HARTFORD, Conn. – More than 400,000 people in Connecticut could go hungry if Congress doesn’t agree on a budget before the end of the month. Without a budget in place, the Department of Agriculture, which administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, can't provide...Read More

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Environmentalists say methane leaks at every step from drilling to the power plant. Credit: Tim Evanson/

OXFORD, Conn. - Protesters gathered in Oxford on Thursday night to tell state regulators that a proposed gas-fired power plant is unnecessary and a danger to the environment. The protest came just before a public hearing held by the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on requi...Read More

Public News Service - CT

Scammers may use email, phone calls or a knock on the door. Credit: Courtesy:

HARTFORD, Conn. - Beware of imposter scams! That's the warning that went out to Connecticut seniors during AARP's Fraud Watch Action Day on Thursday. According to the Federal Trade Commission, more than 2,500 Connecticut residents filed complaints about scam artists last year. Byron Peterson, a mem...Read More

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More than 93 percent of Connecticut residents had health insurance in 2014. Credit: tpsdave/

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show more Connecticut residents have health insurance, but there may be trouble ahead for some Medicaid recipients. More than 93 percent of state residents, an increase of almost 3 percent over the previous year, and 96 percent of chi...Read More

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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

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