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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

Public News Service - MA: Civic Engagement

Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno acknowledges that the rising cost of living is tough for older residents, and says he'll support a property-tax break for those who volunteer for the city.<br />(mass_osd/Flickr)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The city council of Springfield, Massachusetts, passed a bill this week that offers a unique tax break – if senior citizens volunteer for the city, they can get up to $1,000 off their property taxes. It's a popular program that has now been adopted by close to 20 c

The new Voter Protection Corps expects the 2020 election to be more volatile than past races, and says states face a variety of challenges to ensure everyone can cast a ballot. (Voter Protection Corps)

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WESTON, Mass. – Massachusetts is home to the man who heads the Voter Protection Corps, a new national nonprofit that has launched to address voting difficulties ahead of the 2020 election. Since 2020 could be even more volatile than past elections, the group has assembled a team of voter-prot

MIT students protest Jeffrey Epstein's close ties to its Media Lab. (Adobe Stock)

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are demanding fundamental changes to the university's funding practices following revelations that its Media Lab repeatedly took funding from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Last Friday, more than 150 students, f

State health officials say in addition to wearing proper clothing and using repellent, Massachusetts residents should take steps to keep mosquitoes away from in and around the home. (Alvesgaspar/Wikipedia)

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BOSTON – State health officials want Massachusetts residents and their visitors to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites during their Labor Day weekend activities. Many communities face a "critical" risk for potentially deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis after new cases were identified in

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the Trump administration's new rules would hinder recovery efforts such as the cooperative state and federal actions that have increased the piping plover population in Massachusetts by 500% since 1990. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she intends to sue the Trump administration over new rules that would gut the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit she announced Monday alleges that the changes are illegal and that the administration failed to review environmental impac

It's been several months since legislation to boost funding for public schools has had a hearing at the State House. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

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BOSTON – Parents and teachers are usually thinking about kids getting back to school in late July — but in the Commonwealth, it's school funding that's top of mind. It's been nearly four years since a bipartisan commission found Massachusetts was underfunding schools by more than $1 bi

While people would pay a lot per month for digital services they now get for free, the implications of this for the economy are not clear. (LoboStudioHamburg/Pixabay)

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A new Massachusetts Institute of Technology study aims to capture how much people would pay for free online services like Facebook, Wikipedia, and YouTube. The researchers' premise is that because a country's Gross Domestic Product measures spending, it fails to include mu

Sen. Elizabeth Warren will hold a Saturday rally in Lawrence, Mass., where many expect her to announce a 2020 presidential run. (Joe Crimmings/flickr.com/photos/joecrimmings/)

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LAWRENCE, Mass. - Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is expected to announce her presidential run on Saturday in Lawrence. Warren chose Lawrence because a famous textile strike there in 1912 helped spark national support for the labor movement. Today, however, only one chartered union is left in Lawre

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