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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

Public News Service - Massachusetts

PHOTO: Ruth and Emily, elephants at New Bedford’s Buttonwood Park Zoo in this 2006 photo, are at the center of continuing claims of abuse leveled by an animal-rights organization. Photo credit: LGagnon/Wikimedia Commons

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A New Bedford zoo is again denying claims it abuses its elephants. The Buttonwood Park Zoo is, for the fifth year, on an annual list put out by the animal-rights group In Defense of Animals, or IDA. The group says the zoo is the fourth-worst in North America in its treatment of...Read More

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PHOTO: The April 15 income tax filing deadline will be here before many Commonwealth wage earners  know it, which is why tax experts say a little preparation now will make tax time less stressful. Photo credit: M. Scheerer

BOSTON – As January gets under way, tax experts say a little time spent in the next few days preparing for the tax season will pay off in the months ahead. Luis Garcia, a spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service, says now is the time to make sure you know where all your important tax docum...Read More

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PHOTO: A canvasser from the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association talks to a resident about open enrollment and his health care options in Lowell, MA as part of Health Care For All’s campaign “Apply Now, Stay Covered” Photo courtesy Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association.

BOSTON - People went door to door all over Massachusetts this weekend, and not all of them were singing Christmas carols. Many were alerting folks to upcoming deadlines for signing up for health insurance. It was part of an effort to knock on 200,000 doors during open enrollment. Volunteers from s...Read More

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PHOTO: Animal advocates hope people will adopt pets this holiday season to save lives, as they point out that thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized every year in Massachusetts. Photo credit: Melissa Gelmo.

BOSTON - If you are heading out this weekend to look for a pet to bring home for the holidays, animal advocates across the Bay State hope you will look no further than your local animal shelter. Thousands of healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized every year in the state says Maryann Regan, direct...Read More

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PHOTO: Airport service workers selected this peak travel time to stage a protest alleging wage theft and safety violations by the contractor ReadyJet. Credit: Wiki Project Aviation.

BOSTON - With millions preparing to take to the skies for the holidays, workers rallied at Logan International Airport on Wednesday to call attention to what they see as a "law-breaking" contractor. Roxana Rivera, director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says the people who clean aircraft and provide...Read More

Public News Service - MA

PHOTO: Department of Youth Services Commissioner Peter Forbes (right) says 2014 saw the entire Juvenile Justice system in the Commonwealth get its head around the fact that kids are different and a developmental approach is needed. Credit: Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, DYS

BOSTON – The biggest sign of progress when it comes to juvenile justice in Massachusetts in 2014 is a major change in thinking, according to local experts. Commissioner Peter J. Forbes with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services says positive youth outcomes have been on the agenda fo...Read More

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PHOTO: Bullying persists in Commonwealth schools, facilitated by social media. Middle school and high school students are learning prevention practices at an anti-bullying summit today in Boston. Photo credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia.

BOSTON - Graduate students from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University will help middle and high school students learn bullying-prevention practices as part of a program called STAND UP. In 2010, the Legislature passed a landmark anti-bullying law. An act pass...Read More

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PHOTO: A two-generation approach to lifting the Commonwealth's children out of poverty is the recommendation of a new report that says opportunities for their parents must be widened. Photo credit: TaniaVDP/Pixabay

BOSTON - If the Commonwealth of Massachusetts wants to lift its children out of poverty, it should put its focus on their parents at the same time, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count policy report. The report says what's called a "two-generation" approach is needed to give fami...Read More

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