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    PNS Daily News - August 3, 20150 


    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; President Obama finalizes steeper cuts for power plant carbon emissions; the U.S. Senate to debate defunding Planned Parenthood today; a New York court denies freedom to research chimps; and restoring a fishery devastated by wildfire.

Public News Service - Massachusetts

PHOTO: A window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts across the state to sign up for a program that offers universal free meals to all students in high-needs districts. Photo Credit: USDA

BOSTON - A big window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts to sign up for a program that provides universal free meals to all students. Patrick Roach, chief financial officer with Springfield Public Schools, says they signed up for the Community Eligibility Provision last ...Read More

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PHOTO: A New England commuter advocate says rail commuter in the Commonwealth will be subject to human error if the Senate give the railroads three extra years to install positive train control safety devices. Photo credit - M. Allenovitch via wiki

BOSTON - A New England commuter advocate says safety is in the balance as lawmakers in Washington debate a three-year delay for railroads to install crash prevention measures. The system is called positive control and Jim Cameron, founder with the Commuter Action Group, believes lawmakers should no...Read More

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PHOTO: Alyssa Vangeli testifies in Boston on Tuesday for a measure that would protect patient confidentiality when accessing sensitive health services. Photo courtesy Health Care For All.

BOSTON - What you tell your doctor is private, but if you're a young adult in Massachusetts, sensitive information still could go to your parents if you are on their health insurance plan. State lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a measure that would protect confidential access to health informat...Read More

Public News Service - MA

PHOTO: SNAP coordinator Beth Zambia talks with a veteran at the Soldier On shelter in Leeds. At least 26,000 low-income veterans rely on SNAP benefits in the Commonwealth. Photo courtesy Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

BOSTON - As Massachusetts gets ready for Independence Day, local hunger-fighting advocates say it's a good time to remember tens of thousands of veterans in the state who must rely on federal benefits to put food on their tables. While most people have been making summer plans, says Pat Baker, seni...Read More

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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

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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

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