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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 

    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

Public News Service - Massachusetts

Action by the National Marie Fisheries Service will expand protected waters in the North Atlantic for the right whale, which is more endangered than Siberian tigers or pandas. (NMFS/NOAA)

BOSTON - Wildlife protection advocates are calling it a lifeline that will protect the most endangered whales on earth, off the coast of New England and beyond. The National Marine Fisheries Service is extending the boundaries in the North Atlantic for the critically endangered right whale by appro...Read More

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The Commonwealth is an expensive place to retire, ranking near the bottom at 48th in the nation for affordability in a new report. But the state scores better on quality of life and health care. (Mike Clifford)

BOSTON - Massachusetts is near the back of the pack in a new survey that ranks the Commonwealth at 48th among states when it comes to retirement and affordability. According to the survey by the personal finance website WalletHub, taxes on Social Security and pensions can make it difficult for folk...Read More

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Kirstie Pecci (center) says residents of Charlton, Sturbridge and Southbridge are concerned about well water contamination and they don't want state officials to approve the proposed expansion of a local landfill until the source of contamination is determined. (MASSPIRG)

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. - Put a lid on it. That's the message from residents who live near the proposed expansion of the Southbridge landfill. An environmental review process is underway to expand the waste landfill, but local residents say the existing landfill is already contaminating local well water...Read More

Public News Service - MA

Boston tops the list of cities with the highest income inequality in the nation, says the Brookings Institute. (Henry Han/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON - The city of Boston ranks first in the nation for income inequality, according to a new study. The research from the Brookings Institute finds income equality in the U.S. is higher today than before the Great Recession and it continues to rise. The top three cities on the list are Boston, ...Read More

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Congress is being urged to make it easier for low-income households to save. A new (AECF) brief says households of color are twice as likely to suffer from asset poverty in the Commonwealth. (Mike Clifford)

BOSTON - A new policy brief is urging Congress to make it easier for low-income families to save. The Annie E. Casey Foundation policy brief finds the racial wealth gap in America is growing. The Foundation's Senior Associate Beadsie Woo says households of color are twice as likely to be experienci...Read More

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Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez is among House members who gave unanimous support to a measure that aims to reduce abuse of prescription painkillers. (Office of Rep. Sanchez)

BOSTON - State lawmakers passed a measure in the House this week that would limit the prescriptions that most doctors write for pain medications to a seven-day supply. State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Dist. 15) supports the measure. He says more than 1,0000 people died from opioid-related overdoses i...Read More

Public News Service - MA

A fee case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court could impact public sector unions in the Commonwealth and 24 other states when it comes to collective bargaining and more. (MTA)

BOSTON - On the surface, it's about the fees unions charge to nonmembers. But local advocates say a case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court impacts how well American democracy functions to address economic inequality. Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni said nonunio...Read More

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A new report ranks the Commonwealth in the top 10 states for both the strength and scope of its animal-protection laws. (Pixabay)

BOSTON – Massachusetts scores in the top 10 for animals in a new report that ranks protection laws in all 50 states. The report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) compares the overall strength and comprehensiveness of each state's animal protection laws, and finds that the Commonwealt...Read More

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