PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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A study says the state will need up to five fast-charging stations for every 1,000 electric cars. (GuillermoMemo/Pixabay)

BOSTON – The Bay State is planning on having 300,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025, and a new study outlines how to keep them charged. Right now, there are about 13,000 electric cars in the state. Nationally, sales of electric cars have gone up more than 30 percent in the past two

Airport workers say JetBlue subcontractors have intimidated them for organizing. (BonnieHenderson/Pixabay)

BOSTON – Hundreds of workers at Logan International Airport went out on strike Wednesday afternoon, demanding fair treatment by subcontractors for JetBlue. With about 2,500 subcontracted workers at the airport, the strike is being called one of the biggest worker-led actions at Logan in year

Nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana. (StayRegular/Pixabay)

BOSTON – A bill has been introduced in the legislature to keep those who follow the Bay State's law on marijuana use from being turned over to federal authorities. The bill, called "An Act relative to refusal of complicity", would prohibit local and state officials from using state resources

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission still plans to begin marijuana sales this year. (noexcusesradio/

BOSTON – The Trump administration is taking aim at states that have legalized marijuana. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he is rescinding an Obama-era policy that discouraged prosecutors from enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized its sale for

Students who spend more than 20 hours a week at a job are less likely to graduate. (StartupStockPhotos/Pixabay)

BOSTON – A new study from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center says raising the minimum wage has little impact on teen unemployment, but can have a big impact on teens and their families. On Monday, 18 states saw their minimum wages increase, but Massachusetts wasn't among them. A bi

Without an individual mandate, insurance premiums can skyrocket for those who need it most. (TheShiv76/Pixabay)

BOSTON – The federal tax legislation ends the requirement that everyone have health insurance or pay a penalty, but in Massachusetts, that requirement remains in effect. The federal Affordable Care Act was modeled on the Bay State's health-insurance law, including the individual mandate. Bri

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

Massachusetts spends more on health care than any other state. (12019/Pixabay)

BOSTON – State senators have approved an amendment to a bill that could help pave the way to a single-payer health-care system in Massachusetts. The amendment, now attached to a larger health-care reform bill in the legislature, directs the state's nonpartisan Health Policy Commission to com

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