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    PNS Daily News - December 1, 20150 

    Today’s news covers stories from around the world including: a historic global summit begins with a vow to halt climate change; new threats to clean water rules expected this week; and getting to zero – a look at progress and challenges on World AIDS Day.

Public News Service - Massachusetts

Consumer advocates say a little homework is in order as shoppers in the Commonwealth prepare to face the Black Friday crowds. Consumer advocates say they already have gotten complaints of bait-and-switch tactics. Credit: M. Clifford

BOSTON – It is prime time for holiday shopping today and as Bay Staters prepare to face the crowds in search of the best Black Friday bargains consumer advocates say a little homework is in order. Paula Fleming, vice president of communications with the Maine and Eastern Massachusetts, Bette...Read More

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A new report says the Commonwealth is missing opportunities to reach out to young people in the child welfare system, because too many end up being funneled into juvenile detention. Courtesy: Citizens for Juvenile Justice

BOSTON - As families across the Commonwealth gather for Thanksgiving, a new report says too many children will spend the holiday in juvenile detention because they are not getting the support they need. Naoka Carey, executive director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice, said the numbers in her organi...Read More

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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled to vote today on standardized testing. Credit: Alan Mark/Flickr.

BOSTON – This week marks American Education Week, and the stage is set for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to take a vote today on the future of standardized testing. Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, is disappointed that the board th...Read More

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Students at UMass-Amherst took part in a nationwide "Million Student March" on Thursday that organizers say is meant to call attention to tens of thousands of dollars in debt students take on to complete their college educations. Credit: E. Civitarese

BOSTON - Students from around the nation took part in a Million Student March on Thursday to call attention to the mountain of debt many take on to get a college degree. College students in New England shoulder some of the biggest debt burdens, said Erika Civitarese, who helped organized the march ...Read More

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Kheila Cox is among the Logan Airport workers applauding a planned measure that would boost the pay of workers a Logan Airport to 15 dollars an hour. Courtesy: 32BJ SEIU

BOSTON - Low-wage workers in Massachusetts have been busy in a nationwide effort to boost the minimum wage and now legislation is planned to boost airport worker pay. State Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) plans to be the lead sponsor of a measure to raise Logan Airport wages to $15 an hour. He sa...Read More

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The Commonwealth is not resting on its laurels. It just ranked tops in the nation on the ACEEE Energy Efficiency and next week a new plan will be filed to save consumers even more. Courtesy: Mass DOER

BOSTON – For the fifth year running, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks Massachusetts first in the nation for policies and practices that make the state cleaner and more energy efficient. Arah Schuur, director of the Energy Efficiency Division of the Massachusetts Dep...Read More

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Supporters join Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, second from right, as lawmakers hold a hearing on a new measure to improve the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Commonwealth. Courtesy: Health Care For All

BOSTON - There is no shortage of state agencies trying to battle health and housing issues in the Commonwealth, but a new bill says a lot more could be accomplished through coordination. Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, said the measure will help children and families by improving such things as acc...Read More

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The Springfield City Council passed a resolution Tuesday urging the Commonwealth congressional delegation to turn thumbs down on the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership deal. Credit: Daniel Justice

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Supporters say a resolution passed Tuesday by the Springfield City Council is part of an emerging national trend where local governments are showing their opposition to what they call bad trade deals. The Springfield City Council resolution calls on elected officials in the U.S...Read More

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