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    PNS Daily News - July 1, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; 13 states are suing the EPA over the controversial Clean Water Rule; and a report on the defeat of some controversial education proposals in New York; and an Arizona congressman is backing legislation that would add greater protections to more than two million acres of public lands in the Grand Canyon State.

Public News Service - Massachusetts

PHOTO: As the White House Conference on Aging approaches, advocates in the Commonwealth says the nation needs to shift focus to support seniors in their desire to live independently. Photo credit - Mike Clifford

SCITUATE, Mass. – The White House Conference on Aging kicks-off next month, and local advocates say the Commonwealth and the nation need to focus more on the supports seniors need to live independently. Elise Beaulieu, who chairs the nursing home and social work committee for the National As...Read More

Public News Service - MA

PHOTO: Max Page and his daughter Ruthie plan to testify today before the Joint Legislative Committee on Education. Both believe the Commonwealth needs to take a time out from high-stakes testing. Photo credit: M. Page.

BOSTON – Lawmakers are expected to get an earful today on the issue of standardized testing, and whether the Commonwealth needs to take a three-year time-out on high stakes tests. Ruthie Page Weinbaum, a sixth-grader from Amherst, says if you add up the time spent preparing for and taking st...Read More

Public News Service - MA

PHOTO: A new (FRAC) report find other states are catching up, but Massachusetts still is among the tops in the nation in getting nutritious summer meals to kids. Photo credit: Michael Dwyer

BOSTON – Summer months can be lots of fun, but efforts are under way to ensure they don't leave more children in the Commonwealth going hungry. Ellen Parker, executive director of the anti-hunger group Project Bread, says a new report indicates that the state slipped out of the top 10 in pro...Read More

Public News Service - MA

PHOTO: Massachusetts is among the three New England States with lots of healthy deer. A new report says the impacts of climate change an strong deer herds will likely duel an increase in Lyme disease. Photo credit - Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON - A new report says a big increase in pesky insects and plants is one more reason for New Englanders to take action on climate change especially when it comes to ticks. Todd Martin, outreach coordinator with the Natural Resources Council of Maine, says climate change is fueling both warmer...Read More

Public News Service - MA

PHOTO: Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) says budget battles in Congress are forcing Amtrak to play a dangerous game of picking and choosing between cities when it comes to installing important safety upgrades. Photo Credit - Wikimedia/rrpicturearchives.net

BOSTON - As commuters head back to work after the long holiday weekend, Senator Ed Markey says budget battles in Congress are making travel in the heavily traveled Northeast rail corridor less safe. Japan's Bullet train hurtles along at 200 miles per hour but has never had a fatal accident and Sen...Read More

Public News Service - MA

PHOTO: A new report says 17 percent of out-of-home placements in Massachusetts are in group home type settings, compared with 14 percent, which is the average nationwide.

BOSTON - A new report says Massachusetts is trailing other states when it comes to family placement of children in the child-welfare system. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds 17 percent of children in out-of-home placements are ending up in group homes and other institutions com...Read More

Public News Service - MA

PHOTO: Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds, and there have been moves to do that in both the U.S. House and Senate. Photo of a national forest near Yellowstone National Park courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

BOSTON – Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds. Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, warns allowing state control would lock up lands for private development, and other parcels woul...Read More

Public News Service - MA

PHOTO: Students who wish to opt out of standardized testing in the Commonwealth now have the backing of the state's largest teachers union. Photo credit: Wikimedia - wfpl.org

BOSTON - While the school year is nearing the end, many students still face a round of standardized testing - and now students who decide to opt out have the state's largest teachers union behind them. Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni said the union supports students op...Read More

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