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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2018. 


Californian’s now facing a pair of wildfires; Also on the Tuesday rundown: Higher education in New Jersey: a racial split; plus food resources still available despite the “public charge” proposal.

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The 2018 general election is expected to draw record numbers of voters for a midterm election. (Flickr)

BOSTON - Political leaders and public officials are calling next week's midterm elections some of the most important votes Americans will cast in several decades. Massachusetts voters will mark their ballots in races for U.S. Senate and House seats, the governor, state legislators and other statewi

Advocates say undermining the ACA could lead to denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions. (vjohns1580/pixabay)

BOSTON – Tuesday, Sept. 4, is primary day in the Bay State, and the candidates who win a place on the November ballot could have a major impact on the future of health care. Republicans in Washington, D.C., continue to wage a relentless campaign to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, while ma

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is hearing this week from his counterparts in more than 20 states. (Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON – A coalition of state attorneys general, including Maura Healy in Massachusetts, sent a letter on Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demanding that the administration immediately stop putting children in danger by separating them from their families on the nation's souther

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

Organizers say healthy conversation, where listening and learning take precedence over arguing, is possible. (NCDD.org)

BOSTON – America may be more divided than it has been since the 1850s, but Boston is taking a leading role in a national movement to heal the wounds. The level of anger in public discourse has reached a fever pitch in recent years, and disagreement often becomes open hostility. The National

Family leave would let workers take off up to 16 weeks to care for a new baby or sick relative. (smpratt90/Pixabay)

BOSTON -- Community organizers say they have twice the number of signatures they need to put paid family leave and a $15 minimum wage on next year's state ballot. The grassroots effort gathered almost 275,000 signatures from 346 of the 351 towns and cities in Massachusetts. Andrew Farnitano with

Fewer than 5 percent of single-use plastic bags are recycled. (Kate Ter Haar/Flickr)

BOSTON – The Boston City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would ban plastic bags in the city. The average plastic bag given out at store checkout counters is used for about 12 minutes. They are non-biodegradable, clog landfills and pollute the air when burned. Th

Transgender people in Massachusetts say now is the time to double-down on state LGBTQ protections, as the Trump administration is moving to repeal them at the federal level. (Freedom For All Americans).

BOSTON -- The Trump administration has been wasting no time when it comes to rolling back protections for the gay community, and Bay State advocates say that is especially true for transgender people. The good news is that there are significant protections in place for gay people in Massachusetts,

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