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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

Public News Service - Massachusetts

A Boston nonprofit is ditching the fancy banquet tables in favor of soapboxes Tuesday night in an event that will focus on patient-centered care. (National Institutes of Health)

BOSTON - Forget the banquet table with expensive flowers and a fancy meal. A major Boston nonprofit is replacing that with soapboxes for speakers to stand on for what they expect will be a wide-ranging conversation about patient-centered care. Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, executive director for Health C...Read More

Public News Service - MA

Events will be held in Boston, Northampton and Springfield for Workers' Memorial Day to remember the 63 workers who died on the job last year in the Commonwealth. (MassCOSH).

BOSTON – Today is Workers' Memorial Day and there will be events across the state to pay tribute to lives lost in the workplace and to put the focus on worker safety to prevent future deaths. Jeff Newton, membership and communications coordinator for the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupatio...Read More

Public News Service - MA

Drink up! Older Americans, especially men, and certain ethnic groups need to drink more water to stay healthy, according to the CDC. (Mike Clifford)

BOSTON - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has followed up on a study done about a decade ago that looks at whether Americans are drinking enough water. In its updated report, just released, CDC researchers say women are better at drinking water than men, and older Americans need to ...Read More

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Five percent of kids in Massachusetts grow up missing a parent who is incarcerated and a new report examines what can be done to make the experience less traumatic for children. (Matt Crampton)

BOSTON - About 69,000 children in the Commonwealth are growing up with a parent who is or has been incarcerated, and a new report says that can have a long-lasting impact on their well-being. A parent behind bars can affect the emotional and financial stability of kids and families. Megan Sullivan...Read More

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Peace activists are using Tax Day to call attention to national budget priorities. Global Day of Action protests have been taking place this month including last week at General Electric in Boston. (AFSC)

BOSTON – Peace activists in New England and the nation are using Tax Day to call attention to what they call excessive military spending that leaves the nation wanting when it comes to human needs. Joseph Gerson, director of programs for the American Friends Service Committee for the northeas...Read More

Public News Service - MA

A local peace activist says police in Washington, D.C., should expect to cope with even more mass arrests next week as the Democracy Spring effort combines with Democracy Awakening to put the focus on voter suppression. (NH Rebellion)

BOSTON - Police in Washington, D.C., should be prepared for an even bigger round of mass arrests on Monday, local advocates say, as Democracy Spring activists from Massachusetts and the nation call attention to voter suppression. Dylan Lazerow, a national field organizer for Massachusetts Peace Act...Read More

Public News Service - MA

In Natick's Morse Institute Library today, National Library Week will be about more than just books. (Morse Institute Library).

NATICK, Mass. – This is National Library Week and some local public libraries want you to know the celebration is about more than just books in the Commonwealth. Anna Litten is the community relations coordinator at the Morse Institute Library in Natick. Morse Institute may sound like some...Read More

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The future of mandatory minimum sentencing is now in the hands of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. (Swampyank/English Wikipedia)

BOSTON - It is now up to the state's highest court to determine whether a judge in a drug case can impose a sentence lower than the mandatory minimum under state law. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments last week. ACLU of Massachusetts legal director Matt Segal argues ...Read More

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