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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2019 


Public impeachment hearings in Washington; dreamers protest in Texas; roadless wilderness areas possibly at risk around the country; and an ozone indicating garden, at the North Carolina Governor's Mansion.

2020Talks - November 13, 2019 


Supreme Court hears DACA arguments, and likely will side with the Trump administration, but doesn't take up a gun manufacturer's appeal. Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford drops out of presidential race; and former President Jimmy Carter recovers from brain surgery.

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Public News Service - MA: Urban Planning/Transportation

The number of cost-burdened renter households jumped by nearly 300,000 between 2017 and 2018, according to a new report from Apartment List.

BOSTON – Nearly half of all renter households nationwide are now spending more than 30% of their income on rent, according to a new report by the online service Apartment List. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, spending more than 30% of your income on housing

The MBTA has the second highest derailment rate of any transit system in the country. (Robert McConnell/Wikipedia)

BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker's plans to accelerate maintenance on the struggling MBTA are too little, too late, according to critics who say more is needed to address what they call a transportation crisis. Baker's plan comes after two MBTA trains derailed this month, making five derailments

More than 100 legislators co-sponsored the Fair Share Amendment in the Massachusetts House and Senate this year. (Raise Up Massachusetts)

BOSTON - The Massachusetts House and Senate hold a constitutional convention today to vote on what's known as the Millionaire's Tax, or Fair Share Amendment, which would create a 4% state tax on the portion of a person's income above $1 million to support transportation and public education. If it

As Bay Staters prepare to hit the roads for Labor Day, new data shows a 20 percent spike in local traffic fatalities in the first half of this year. (Ragesoss via wiki)

BOSTON — The fall in gas prices means Bay Staters are driving more, and according to new data, that's resulted in a 20 percent increase in motor vehicle fatalities in the first half of 2016. According to Kirstie Pecci, staff attorney with MASSPIRG, data from the National Safety Council showe

The janitors who clean the T and their supporters rally today against job cuts they say could leave the MBTA a mess. (SEIU)

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plans to cut one-third of the workforce that cleans the "T" stations in the Boston area as part of a plan to balance its budget. But janitors and their supporters will be out in force on Monday to stand against the cutbacks. Cambridge V

Whether it is riding to work, the store or just for fun, Bay Staters have plenty of riding opportunities during National Bike Month. (Mike Clifford)

BOSTON - It's National Bike Month, offering plenty of opportunities for folks in Massachusetts to press their feet to the pedals and get on the road. Stefanie Seskin, active transportation director for the Boston Transportation Department, runs the Boston Bikes Program. She says they are encoura

A new analysis of MBTA data finds the agency is $600 million short for the most basic repair goals over the next five years. (Adam E. Moreira)

BOSTON - Last week's nightmare 24-hour shutdown for rail commuters in the nation's capital for emergency maintenance could be a sign of things to come for commuters in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) says it is at least $600 million short of funds for the mo

It was a controversial rate hike, and local advocates say the 10 percent MBTA boost will produce more traffic jams and harm the environment. (@LISC_BVanMeter)

BOSTON - When the latest Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority rate hike takes effect in July, local public-transit advocates predict plenty of fallout, including more pollution and traffic jams. Transportation for Massachusetts does not oppose all fare increases, but the group's partnership d

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