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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - CT: Livable Wages/Working Families

Many people with developmental disabilities have spent their entire lives in the same group home, so changes proposed by the state are bound to be challenging. (NCVO London/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) says privatizing group homes for people with developmental disabilities will save millions of dollars - but will residents of these homes pay a price? DDS announced on Tuesday that it plans to privatize 30 group home

School lunch program enrollment may not accurately reflect family income. (USDA/flickr.com)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Counting how many children come from low-income families is one factor in distributing funds to schools. To do that count, the state has relied on the number of children who qualify for free or reduced price school lunches. But the introduction of the federal Community E

The Summer Food Service Program is open to all children 18 and younger. (Amanda Mills, USCDCP/public-domain-image.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The end of the school year doesn't mean low-income children need to go hungry. Thousands of children in Connecticut rely on free and reduced-price meals at school for a big part of their daily nutrition. But many families don't realize that federally-funded meals for children are a

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

Layoffs included speech pathologists and occupational therapists. (Birmingham Culture/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - More than 100 state employees who work for the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services were laid off on Tuesday. The layoffs included a majority of those who work as occupational therapists and speech pathologists with people with developmental disabilities, said Jen Schn

SB 221 would allow up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a family member. (Borya/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - An overwhelming majority of Connecticut voters surveyed support paid family medical leave for caregivers. One thousand voters were asked how they feel about a measure that's been introduced in the state Legislature that would allow workers to take paid time off to care for a new ch

On average, women in Connecticut are paid $10,679 a year less than men. (Cade Martin, Dawn Arlotta/public-domain-image.com)<br />

HARTFORD, Conn. - The gender wage gap is costing women in Connecticut more than $5.5 billion a year, that's one finding of a study released today. April 12 is Equal Pay Day. Nationally, women earn 79 cents for every dollar paid to men, and would have to work more than three months extra to earn th

State workers rally at the Connecticut State Capitol on Tuesday, asking lawmakers not to cut their pension and health-care benefits. (Adavyd/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Faced with layoffs and cuts, public safety workers are telling Connecticut legislators to find other ways to balance the state budget. "Respect Those Who Protect" is the message members of the Connecticut Public Safety Employees Coalition hope lawmakers will hear at today's rall

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