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PNS Daily Newscast - January 15, 2020 


Efforts to make Paid Family and Medical Leave go further; nurses sick of reusing N-95 masks even as COVID infections spike.


2020Talks - January 15, 2021 


States shore up security ahead of Inauguration Day; Biden unveils an ambitious economic relief plan; and Human Rights Watch report chides Trump's record.

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Massachusetts voters added five women to the Legislature in November, after another five were elected the previous cycle. (jpellgen/Flickr)

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BOSTON -- This year's elections didn't change the racial or political imbalances in the Massachusetts state Legislature, and electoral competitiveness remains at an all-time low, according to new data. The latest report from the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, or MassINC, found that

Supporters of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau held a 6th Birthday party in Boston, but they warn lobbyists are hard at work in D.C. trying to kill the agency. (MASSPIRG)

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BOSTON -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau turned six years old on Friday, and along with a birthday cake, New Englanders are getting a warning that could affect tens of thousands of Bay State consumers. Janet Domenitz, executive director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group

Grassroots groups that have been protesting against the Trump administration say the resignation of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn is a signal Trump's ties to Russia need to be investigated. (Peace Action)

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Boston, MA – The question was made famous during the Watergate scandal: What did the president know and when did he know it? Now, just over three weeks into the Trump administration, some are asking the same question. National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's apparent lies about contacts with R

It took Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie vote and approve controversial nominee Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary. (CSPAN 2)

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BOSTON – Local education advocates say even though Betsy DeVos was approved by a narrow margin on Tuesday, the fight has galvanized support for public education. As expected, Vice President Mike Pence had to make history by casting the deciding vote to confirm President Trump's pick. Massach

Public education advocates in New England and across the nation are opposing the nomination of billionaire Betsy DeVos, who comes up for a confirmation hearing on Tuesday. (Keith A. Almli/wikimedia)

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BOSTON -- Tuesday's confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, the billionaire education activist who is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Education secretary, is facing strong opposition from public education advocates in New England and across the nation. Massachusetts Teachers Association Pres

A local peace activist says police in Washington, D.C., should expect to cope with even more mass arrests next week as the Democracy Spring effort combines with Democracy Awakening to put the focus on voter suppression. (NH Rebellion)

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BOSTON - Police in Washington, D.C., should be prepared for an even bigger round of mass arrests on Monday, local advocates say, as Democracy Spring activists from Massachusetts and the nation call attention to voter suppression. Dylan Lazerow, a national field organizer for Massachusetts Peace Act

Immigrants' advocates in the Commonwealth say Donald Trump's popularity doesn't surprise them, given  Massachusetts' conservative attitudes about immigrants' issues. (Michael Vadon)

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BOSTON – Advocates for the immigrant community in the Commonwealth took to the State House steps on Wednesday to voice their displeasure with the way the issue of immigration is being treated this election season. Patricia Montes, executive director of the immigrants' rights group Centro Pres

A fee case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court could impact public sector unions in the Commonwealth and 24 other states when it comes to collective bargaining and more. (MTA)

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BOSTON - On the surface, it's about the fees unions charge to nonmembers. But local advocates say a case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court impacts how well American democracy functions to address economic inequality. Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni said nonunio

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