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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - CT: Budget Policy & Priorities

AARP Connecticut is advocating adding video monitoring capability for all nursing-home residents, not only for their protection, but to increase communication options with kin during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Campobello Island/Creative Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Connecticut General Assembly is expected to focus most of the remaining session on emergency responses to the new coronavirus pandemic - which may include increasing video monitoring in nursing homes. House Bill 5444 specifically calls for installing video monitoring devices

A proposal by Senate minority leader Charles Schumer would help build the charging stations needed for the transition to electric vehicles. (rh2010/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Clean air advocates say combating climate change requires switching from gas-powered cars to clean electric vehicles, and a bill being proposed in Washington could jump-start that transition. Senate minority leader Charles Schumer of New York has proposed a sweeping measure

From 2012 to 2017, annual drug costs increased by 57.8%, but Connecticut income rose only 12.2%. (I Viewfinder/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Too many people need to choose between paying for food and shelter or taking their medications, according to advocates for older Americans. A new AARP analysis shows that in recent years, rising drug prices have cost Medicare beneficiaries and taxpayers $110 billion above t

Electrifying passenger vehicles and buses will improve air quality and reduce operating costs for vehicle owners and taxpayers. (baranq/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new analysis says Connecticut could see major gains from a new approach to transportation. The report from the Acadia Center shows that a well-designed transportation cap-and-invest policy could help the state put more than $2.7 billion into clean transportation by 2030,

Rising sea levels could drive the saltmarsh sparrow to extinction within 50 years. (CT Audubon Society)

HARTFORD, Conn. — A new bill in Congress would bring millions of dollars to help at-risk wildlife in Connecticut. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act, introduced with bipartisan support in the House last Friday, would send $1.3 billion of general revenue each year to states for implementat

The minimum wage bill, signed last week, will raise pay for 330,000 Connecticut workers. (govnedlamont/instgram.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. – With Connecticut set to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, labor organizers now are setting their sights on making further gains for low-wage workers. Now that Gov. Ned Lamont has signed the legislation, Connecticut's minimum wage will go up to $11 an hour in October, a

Environmental groups want Connecticut to set a goal of 2000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. (Peterjohn Chisholm/AdobeStock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Fighting climate change is at the top of the legislative priorities list for many Connecticut environmental groups. The Connecticut chapter of the Sierra Club wants state lawmakers to promote policies like requiring 100% renewable energy by 2035, and setting a net-zero target

The Environmental Protection Agency says the air is getting cleaner while it is attempting to roll back clean air regulations. (pxhere)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Obey the law by reducing interstate air pollution – that's the message environmental groups want a federal court to deliver to the Environmental Protection Agency. Smog-forming air pollution follows the wind, and in 2015 the EPA determined that planned actions in stat

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