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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - MA: Civic Engagement

Family leave would let workers take off up to 16 weeks to care for a new baby or sick relative. (smpratt90/Pixabay)

BOSTON -- Community organizers say they have twice the number of signatures they need to put paid family leave and a $15 minimum wage on next year's state ballot. The grassroots effort gathered almost 275,000 signatures from 346 of the 351 towns and cities in Massachusetts. Andrew Farnitano with

Fewer than 5 percent of single-use plastic bags are recycled. (Kate Ter Haar/Flickr)

BOSTON – The Boston City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would ban plastic bags in the city. The average plastic bag given out at store checkout counters is used for about 12 minutes. They are non-biodegradable, clog landfills and pollute the air when burned. Th

Transgender people in Massachusetts say now is the time to double-down on state LGBTQ protections, as the Trump administration is moving to repeal them at the federal level. (Freedom For All Americans).

BOSTON -- The Trump administration has been wasting no time when it comes to rolling back protections for the gay community, and Bay State advocates say that is especially true for transgender people. The good news is that there are significant protections in place for gay people in Massachusetts,

Some in Massachusetts are protesting the potential effects of $5.5 trillion in tax cuts proposed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. (C. Harrison)

BOSTON – Boston kicked off this weekend with protests of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's budget resolution. It calls for $5.5 trillion in tax cuts and is expected to reach the House floor by early October. Among those speaking out in opposition to the Ryan plan is Michael Kane, executive di

People from across the Bay State will mark the International Day of Peace on Sunday on Boston Common  with music, poetry dance and spoken presentations from local peacemakers. (International Day of Peace Boston)

BOSTON - Once again this year, local peace activists and faith groups will be on Boston Common to commemorate the International Day of Peace. This year a major focus is on local youth alternatives to gangs. Ian Harrington, co-chair for International Day of Peace Boston, said the event will include

If you travel with a laptop or mobile device, a lawsuit filed in Boston could impact you. (CBP).

BOSTON – Eleven travelers whose laptops and mobile devices were searched at the U.S. border are suing the Department of Homeland Security in a case filed in federal court in Boston on Wednesday. At issue is border agents' practice of searching devices without a warrant. Diane Maye is a forme

It was no holiday for Boston fast-food workers, many of whom walked off their jobs to show their support for higher wages and union protections. (SEIU)

BOSTON – While many of us had a day off on Labor Day, fast-food workers in Boston were among those in 300 cities who walked off their jobs in a call for better wages and the right to join a union. The Boston action started at 6 A.M. at a fast-food franchise on Tremont Avenue. Among the worke

A resolution is pending in Boston that urges the Trump administration to extend protections to immigrants who are fleeing danger in their home country. (K. Fienman).

BOSTON – A measure is pending before the Boston City Council to urge the Trump administration to extend Temporary Protected Status. TPS is a humanitarian program intended to provide safe haven in the U.S. for people fleeing dangers such as natural disasters, wars and gangs. So far, the adminis

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