PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 

A day in court for the alleged Florida school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: a 24-hour hotline "reignites" to support immigrants; and a new study finds prescription drugs in the Hudson River, from Troy all the way to New York City.

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Proposed SNAP food assistance cuts are likely to hit low-income seniors and people with disabilities hardest. (USDA)

BOSTON – President Donald Trump wants to take a $193 billion slice out of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next 10 years, and local advocates say seniors and Bay Staters with disabilities would be hardest hit by the proposal. Patricia Baker, a policy analyst at

A Boston nonprofit is ditching the fancy banquet tables in favor of soapboxes Tuesday night in an event that will focus on patient-centered care. (National Institutes of Health)

BOSTON - Forget the banquet table with expensive flowers and a fancy meal. A major Boston nonprofit is replacing that with soapboxes for speakers to stand on for what they expect will be a wide-ranging conversation about patient-centered care. Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, executive director for Health C

At 101, Kay Roberts still dresses up to read to students from the Cat in the Hat. After a half-century as an educator, she knows what makes a good teacher, and a good student. Courtesy: Massachusetts Teachers Assn.

BOSTON - If you want to know what makes a good teacher and a good student, you might want to ask someone with classroom experience. Now that she is 101 years of age, Kay Roberts has plenty of that. She started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Vermont in 1937, but it wasn't long before Kay Rob

Health Care For All's 1996 victory march after state lawmakers passed legislation creating MassHealth and expanded coverage for kids. The group's 30th anniversary will be celebrated tonight in Boston. Courtesy: Health Care for All.

BOSTON - While Tax Day has many Americans thinking about the new check-off box on income-tax forms that tracks whether they have health insurance, the focus in Massachusetts has shifted to the quality and affordability of that coverage. State efforts that date back to 2006 have ensured that very fe

PHOTO: Fueled by new research, oral health care advocates in the Commonwealth are continuing efforts to restore coverage for dentistry in clinics and dentists' offices for patients who have nowhere to turn but often-over-stretched hospital emergency rooms. Photo credit: Erik Christensen/Wikipedia.

BOSTON – Since severe cuts were made in 2010 to MassHealth adult dental benefits, more Commonwealth residents have turned to emergency rooms, where the pain from tooth and gum ailments is addressed, but the cause often goes untreated. A new study by Boston University's School of Dental Medic

PHOTO: Kay Roberts, 99, here attending the NEA’s Representative Assembly this summer, has represented the Massachusetts Teachers Association at the gatherings for more than 60 years. She's been teaching or helping students since 1937. Courtesy NEA.

RAYNHAM, Mass. - Kay Roberts turned 99 this month, and the Raynham resident is still helping students in the public schools and representing the Massachusetts Teachers Association at the National Education Association's gatherings. Her first job as a teacher, in 1937, was in a one-room schoolhouse

PHOTO: The Brockton Neighborhood Health Center is one of 35 such centers to receive a total of $3,448,106 in federal money to reach out to and enroll uninsured and under-insured Commonwealth residents.

BOSTON - The federal government is giving 35 community health centers in the Commonwealth a total of more than $3.4 million to better reach uninsured or under-insured Bay Staters. Nearly 20 percent of patients using the centers last year were without health insurance. The U.S. Department of Health

GRAPHIC: A plan to require photo ID on SNAP cards for Massachusetts food stamp recipients is being criticized as costly and discriminatory. Illustration courtesy AARP

BOSTON - Bills headed for final revision in the Statehouse would make numerous changes in the way Massachusetts administers programs such as cash assistance and SNAP, formerly known as food stamps. The legislation is under fire, particularly because it would require photo IDs. Critics said that woul

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