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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - MA: Civic Engagement

Three public hearings are being held this week to determine if applications should be granted for five more charter schools such as this one in Hyannis. Credit: John Phelan via wiki

BOSTON – The public gets its say this week at hearings in Sturbridge, Lynn and Fitchburg in the application process for five proposed charter schools. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education got input from Brockton and Springfield last week. Maureen Colgan Posner, an elementary sch

The Springfield City Council passed a resolution Tuesday urging the Commonwealth congressional delegation to turn thumbs down on the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership deal. Credit: Daniel Justice

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Supporters say a resolution passed Tuesday by the Springfield City Council is part of an emerging national trend where local governments are showing their opposition to what they call bad trade deals. The Springfield City Council resolution calls on elected officials in the U.S

A measure is pending in the Commonwealth that would increase access to a driver's licenses for all qualified residents without regard to immigration status. Credit: Mike Clifford

BOSTON - Eleven states and the District of Columbia allow qualified residents to obtain a driver's license regardless of their immigration status - and a measure is pending at the state House to allow the Commonwealth to join that group. Eighty percent of state residents rely on a vehicle to get to

Immigrant-rights advocates held a vigil at the State House on Wednesday night to call attention to hate speech. Courtesy Centro Presente

BOSTON - Immigrant advocates held a vigil at the State House this week to call attention to anti-immigrant hate speech. They say the actions of GOP front-runner Donald Trump added fuel to the fire. Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, said they already had planned Wednesday night

PHOTO: Airport service workers selected this peak travel time to stage a protest alleging wage theft and safety violations by the contractor ReadyJet. Credit: Wiki Project Aviation.

BOSTON - With millions preparing to take to the skies for the holidays, workers rallied at Logan International Airport on Wednesday to call attention to what they see as a "law-breaking" contractor. Roxana Rivera, director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says the people who clean aircraft and provide

PHOTO: About 100 workers from Boston University marched during rush hour Wednesday to press for a cost-of-living increase and health care benefits. Photo credit: E. Villasante.

BOSTON – Rush hour found workers from Boston University marching down Commonwealth Avenue Wednesday, pressing for action on their soon-to-expire contract. Roxana Rivera, director of the property service workers union 32BJ SEIU District 615, says among the 100 who marched were custodians, mai

PHOTO: Despite computer glitches, the Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, is a hit with Commonwealth residents who are enrolling with the help of door-to-door canvassers. Courtesy HCFA.

GREENFIELD, Mass. - They're going the extra block to make sure Commonwealth residents know what Obamacare offers and how to sign up. Enrollment jumped in November in the federal and state health insurance marketplaces, according to the White House. In Massachusetts, door-to-door canvassing by groups

PHOTO: PBS “Frontline” correspondent Hedrick Smith, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Soviet Union, has turned his attention to America and what’s ailing it. Courtesy Hedrick Smith Productions.

BOSTON - Hedrick Smith won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Soviet Union and wrote a best-seller called "The Russians." Now it's America that's under the magnifier wielded by Smith, a former New York Times editor and a correspondent on the PBS show "Frontline." According to Smith, the 22 m

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