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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side-by-side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A Senate committee looks at the latest attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Paid family and sick leave is considered a victory for moms who need to take time off with a new baby, an aging parent or in case of family illness. (RaiseUpMA)

BOSTON – Paid family and medical leave and a $15 minimum wage is cause for celebration for tens of thousands of Massachusetts workers this Independence Day. The so-called "Grand Bargain" bill, signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker last week, was a triumph of consensual policy-making between

Despite rallies and demonstrations, Massachusetts workers are slated to lose time-and-a-half pay once their contracts expire under a new state law. (UFCW)

BOSTON — There's mixed reaction over legislation signed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker last week, which raises the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour and provides for paid family leave. But over five years, it also cuts premium pay. "Time-and-a-half" Sunday and holiday pay has benefite

The Boston Poor People's Campaign held a rally at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Monday, calling for a $15 minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, and a

BOSTON – Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., held a hearing at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday afternoon that focused on issues raised by the Poor People's Campaign, including economic inequality, union rights and voter suppression. Massachusetts is one of 35 states where protesters have engaged for

Some New England farmers are concerned the Monsanto-Bayer merger will consolidate control of more than a quarter of the world’s seed and pesticides market.(Liz West.)

BOSTON – The German pharmaceutical and chemical company, Bayer, is known for aspirin, but it is also a key manufacturer of seeds and pesticides. Now it is about to sweep up Monsanto, the U.S.-based agricultural giant. This impacts New England farmers who depend on vegetable seeds. Accord

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

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

Some in Massachusetts are protesting the potential effects of $5.5 trillion in tax cuts proposed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. (C. Harrison)

BOSTON – Boston kicked off this weekend with protests of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's budget resolution. It calls for $5.5 trillion in tax cuts and is expected to reach the House floor by early October. Among those speaking out in opposition to the Ryan plan is Michael Kane, executive di

The state's poverty rate is almost back to pre-Great Recession levels, thanks in part to the $2 increase in the state minimum wage. (Wonderlane/flckr)

BOSTON – It's a significant drop. The share of Massachusetts children living in poverty is down, and state job growth along with recent boosts in the minimum wage are cited as big factors pushing the positive trend. The data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey show the child p

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