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PNS Daily Newscast - February 23, 2018 


As the NRA doubles down on "good guys with guns," the Broward County Sheriff admits an armed deputy did not engage with the Parkland school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: workers across the nation will spend part of their weekend defending the American Dream; and a study says the Lone Star State is distorting Texas history lessons.

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Public News Service - CT: Women's Issues

Advocates for people in prison say the quality of health care in Connecticut prisons is a long-standing issue. (Andrea Sears)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Prisoners’ rights advocates are calling for new legislation to protect inmates’ health, safety and human rights, after a woman gave birth in a Connecticut prison cell. Officials at the York Correctional Institution in Niantic have launched an investigation into

Funding in the budget makes every 11- and 12-year-old eligible for the HPV vaccine. (dfuhlert/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The budget passed by the state Legislature takes a significant step toward reducing the incidence of cancer in Connecticut. The $41.3 billion, two-year spending plan includes $18 million to improve access to the vaccine that protects against the human papillomaviruses, the ca

Critics say the Graham-Cassidy bill would have severely restricted reproductive rights. (Jordan Uhl, Flickr)

WASHINGTON - Pro-choice advocates celebrated Tuesday when the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate canceled a scheduled vote on the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., conceded defeat when it became clear that three fellow Republicans

In 2014, there were 2,000 arrests in Connecticut for violations of court orders in intimate partner relationships. (Rusty Frank/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The latest numbers show domestic violence is still a deadly problem in Connecticut, but there's hope that a new law may help curb the violence. A new report from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence said 231 people, mostly women, have died in intimate partner h

Parents losing HUSKY A coverage should schedule medical appointments before July 31. (Ilmicrofono Oggiono/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Thousands of low-income parents in Connecticut who will lose access to Medicaid in August need to start planning now. On August first lower income eligibility limits for HUSKY A, the state's Medicaid program, will take effect and about 18,000 low-income parents will lose their ins

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's new Retirement Security Program is drawing high praise from advocates for seniors. Some 600,000 Connecticut workers have no employer-sponsored pension or retirement savings plan. According to John Erlingheuser, advocacy director for AARP in Connecticut, the new st

The planned DHS raids will target women and children for deportation. (ICE/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Immigrant advocates are rallying in front of the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building in Hartford today to demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stop its plan to deport Central American refugee women and children who have lost their cases in immigration courts back

The Connecticut State Capitol building where legislators passed new state budget cuts of $233.6 million from critical programs for children and families. (John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The budget passed by the legislature cuts investment in children and families, undermines transparency and jeopardizes future prosperity; that's the assessment of a leading child-advocacy organization. Ellen Shemitz, executive director of Connecticut Voices for Children, says o

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