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PNS Daily Newscast - August 3, 2020 


Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.


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Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - MA: Toxics

Boston, MA - Don't let the fresh smell of a new shower curtain fool you. A new study shows that distinctive, plastic odor could actually be very dangerous. The Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow tested curtains manufactured with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that were purchased in popular stores. Tests foun

Boston, MA – Geting the lead out is a priority in Massachusetts, where the state Senate has passed a bill to phase harmful chemicals out of products made in the state. The Safer Alternatives Bill would require manufacturers to replace toxic chemicals with a safer alternative if there is one.

Boston, MA – As parents start to scan catalogs and store shelves for presents this holiday shopping season, many are left wondering which toys are safe. Federal regulations ban products with high levels of lead paint, but as recent recalls have shown, many toys are not tested before they're pu

Boston, MA – There's a good chance you have toxic chemicals in your body -- that's the conclusion of a small but enlightening study in which five Massachusetts residents and 30 other volunteers across the nation agreed to be tested for 20 harmful chemicals. The results showed every volunteer h

Boston, MA - Leaders in the vinyl industry are convening in Boston's Copley Marriot this week to discuss the future of plastics manufacturing. Scientists, parents, and concerned consumers will also be there, saying the future is in safety. They'll hold their own news conference at the World Vinyl Fo

Massachusetts toxics watchdogs say the latest Fisher Price toxic toy recall isn't an isolated incident. They're pushing a bill that would force manufacturers to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives. Yesterday, Fisher Price announced the recall of one million of its toys, citing paint wi

A new study exposes a possible cancer-causing chemical found in at least 15 children's bath products. The substance 1-4 Dioxane is listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a possible carcinogen, but you won't find it on the bottle as an ingredient. As a byproduct of the manufacturing pr

Boston, MA - A conservation group is warning trick or treaters to beware of the materials that make up the scariest part of their costumes. Vinyl is used in many household products, including Halloween masks, but Leise Jones, from Clean Water Action, says surrounding a child's head with a vinyl mask

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