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PNS Daily Newscast - July 13, 2018 


The FBI’s Peter Strzok spends 10 hours in open testimony in Congress. Also on the Friday rundown: Granite Staters protest AG Sessions' approach to fighting opioid abuse, and Latino Conservation Week starts on Saturday.

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Public News Service - CT: Budget Policy & Priorities

In the first year, Connecticut's wealthiest 5 percent would get more than half of the total tax cuts. (geralt/Pixabay)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A new analysis of the Republican tax plan in the House of Representatives shows Connecticut's wealthiest would benefit the most, while low and middle-income earners would be harmed. The analysis, prepared by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, shows

Funding in the budget makes every 11- and 12-year-old eligible for the HPV vaccine. (dfuhlert/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The budget passed by the state Legislature takes a significant step toward reducing the incidence of cancer in Connecticut. The $41.3 billion, two-year spending plan includes $18 million to improve access to the vaccine that protects against the human papillomaviruses, the ca

Student achievement gaps between rich and poor school districts in Connecticut are among the largest in the nation. (markusspiske/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A lawsuit challenging Connecticut's public education funding system goes before the state Supreme Court Thursday. The suit originally was filed in 2005, and a year ago a trial court judge ordered the state to submit proposals to overhaul the system of education aid to citie

Environmentalists say every $1 invested in the Green Bank brings $8 of private investment in clean energy. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Environmental advocates say state legislators should not try to balance the budget by raiding funds that protect air quality and support clean energy and energy efficiency. The Republican 2-year budget, passed with some Democratic support, would take $10 million a year from the

Almost 13 percent of Connecticut children live in poverty. (ikon/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – More than 95,000 Connecticut children still live in poverty, and advocates fear threatened state and federal budget cuts could make things worse. Childhood poverty is down slightly in Connecticut and nationwide. Still, almost 13 percent of the state's children live below th

Inequitable school funding has contributed to growing racial disparities in income. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut is creating more low-wage jobs while more money flows to top earners - those are the findings of a new report. The 2017 State of Working Connecticut report, from Connecticut Voices for Children, shows the state still is struggling to recover from the Great Reces

In Connecticut, 13 people die from smoking-related causes every day. (Pexels/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. - State House Democrats want to raise Connecticut's tobacco tax, but is it enough to advance public health? The latest House Democratic budget plan would raise the tax on some tobacco products by 45 cents, making it one of the highest tobacco taxes in the country - but it would not

The new RGGI reductions will reduce carbon pollution by more than 132 million tons through 2030. (Benita5/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut and eight other states are stepping up their efforts to cut carbon emissions. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, has announced it will extend its pollution cap to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent of 2020 levels over the next 13 years. RGGI s

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