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    PNS Daily News - March 4, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a U.S. Supreme court case being heard today could impact millions of Americans receiving subsidies through the affordable Care Act; following a months long political battle, congress approves a 40 billion funding package for the Department of Homeland Security; and another study shows the huge economic impact linked to America’s public lands.

Public News Service - Massachusetts

PHOTO: Gas prices are creeping back up in New England and a new survey shows motorists want their next vehicle to get better gas mileage. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

BOSTON - John Paul, Car Doctor, AAA Northeast; and Mark Cooper, director of research at Consumer Federation of America - which commissioned the survey. Gas prices will go up again. That's the expectation of consumers, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides a more accurate picture of how safety-net programs are helping families. Photo courtesy of Maine Community Foundation.

BOSTON - It's the first major update of how to measure poverty since the 1960s and a report out today suggests a more accurate way to calculate the federal poverty level. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says when the impact of government safety-net programs is factored in more than 1...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report says Massachussets residents don't have to worry about reliability of the power grid as the state adopts the EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commmons

BOSTON – It won't be a problem keeping the lights on as Massachusetts adopts the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, according to a new report by a Boston consulting firm that focuses on reliability. Sharon Reishus is an energy industry analyst based in New England and ...Read More

Public News Service - MA

PHOTO: Project Breadís Chef Vanessa LaBranche with students is part of the outreach that is moving the Commonwealth out of the basement when it comes to participation in school breakfast. Courtesy: Project Bread

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education now says instruction provided during the breakfast period can be included in structured learning time, and child nutrition advocates say the decision could turn things around when it comes to reaching low-income children wi...Read More

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PHOTO: The winter storm last month dubbed Juno left Nantucket and parts of Cape Cod flooded and without electricity. Thanks to an extension of SNAP replacement benefits, some residents are going to be able to replace lost or spoiled food. Photo courtesy Galvin/Flickr.

NANTUCKET, Mass. - The several feet of recent snow may have diverted attention from the plight of victims of the storm dubbed Juno that wracked Cape Cod and the islands last month. In Provincetown and Nantucket, however, some residents are getting a break in the wake of that mess. Replacement SNAP ...Read More

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PHOTO: Canvassers from Health Care For All, Chelsea Collaborative and other groups knocked on 360,000 doors around Massachusetts during the open-enrollment period, informing Commonwealth residents of their options. Photo courtesy of The Chelsea Collaborative.

CHELSEA, Mass. - A week from Sunday marks the deadline for enrolling or re-enrolling in health-insurance programs, and advocates of the Affordable Care Act coverage say they have done an impressive job of informing Commonwealth residents of their options. The goal was to knock on the doors of 200,0...Read More

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PHOTO: Bay Staters have the chance to comment on new smog pollution standards that advocates say could improve the health of more than 700,000 asthma sufferers in the state. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

BOSTON - People in the Bay State have a chance to sound off about federal efforts to reduce ground-level ozone, commonly known as smog. The Environmental Protection Agency says it's a dangerous air pollutant and is proposing updated smog prevention standards. Ed Miller, senior vice president, pub...Read More

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PHOTO: Ruth and Emily, elephants at New Bedfordís 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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