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South Korea raises to highest alert after jump in coronavirus cases. New York aims to speed process for renewable projects.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - MA: Social Justice

Discrimination based on natural hairstyles disproportionately affects black women and girls. (Whoisdejalynn/Pixabay)

BOSTON -- A bill banning discrimination based on natural hairstyles is getting a public hearing today at the Massachusetts Legislature. State Representative Steven Ultrino introduced the legislation because of an incident that happened in his district. Twin black girls got multiple detentions for

In Isabelle Doerre-Torres' curriculum, students learn about El Salvador's civil war (1980-1992) that killed more than 75,000 people, and that the U.S. funneled more than $4.5 billion to the right-wing Salvadoran government in the name of fighting communism. (Wikipedia Commons)

By Anna-Cat Brigida Broadcast version by Laura Rosbrow-Telem Reporting for the YES! Magazine-Media-Commonwealth News Service Collaboration BOSTON -- In the summer of 2017, before her senior year of high school, Isabelle Doerre-Torres met Carlos,* a Salvadoran immigrant on the verge of deportation.

The ACLU of Massachusetts, ACLU of New Hampshire and the law firm Mintz recently won a case in New England with broad implications for immigrant detention practices. (javacolleen/Creative Commons)

BOSTON – Starting now, immigration courts in New England can no longer detain undocumented immigrants in bond hearings without the government providing proof that they need to be detained. The American Civil Liberties Union in Massachusetts and New Hampshire filed a lawsuit in June on behalf

Gov. Charlie Baker has authorized a $1.5 billion boost to public-school funding with his approval on Tuesday of the Student Opportunity Act. (Office of Charlie Baker/Flickr)

BOSTON – Teachers across the Commonwealth are giving thanks this week for Gov. Charlie Baker's signature on a major education funding bill. The Student Opportunity Act was signed into law on Tuesday, ultimately adding $1.5 billion annually to public schools. It's the first source of significa

The new Voter Protection Corps expects the 2020 election to be more volatile than past races, and says states face a variety of challenges to ensure everyone can cast a ballot. (Voter Protection Corps)

WESTON, Mass. – Massachusetts is home to the man who heads the Voter Protection Corps, a new national nonprofit that has launched to address voting difficulties ahead of the 2020 election. Since 2020 could be even more volatile than past elections, the group has assembled a team of voter-prot

MIT students protest Jeffrey Epstein's close ties to its Media Lab. (Adobe Stock)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are demanding fundamental changes to the university's funding practices following revelations that its Media Lab repeatedly took funding from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Last Friday, more than 150 students, f

It's been several months since legislation to boost funding for public schools has had a hearing at the State House. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

BOSTON – Parents and teachers are usually thinking about kids getting back to school in late July — but in the Commonwealth, it's school funding that's top of mind. It's been nearly four years since a bipartisan commission found Massachusetts was underfunding schools by more than $1 bi

Suicide is four times higher among African-American men than African-American women, according to federal statistics. (thaddeus coates/courtesy of Marshall Gillson)

SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Mental health and the stigma surrounding it are the topics of a new play that's getting a first read this Sunday in Somerville, with a public forum to follow. The play, "Alone Together," is by local poet, playwright and mental health advocate Marshall Gillson, and was dev

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