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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


2020Talks - September 23, 2020 


Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - MA: Civic Engagement

According to FiveThirtyEight.com, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., isn't projected to win any state's primary on Super Tuesday, including the Bay State. (ElizabethWarren.com)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Massachusetts appears to be one of the most competitive Super Tuesday states in the Democratic primary. That isn't good news for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who may likely lose to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. To understand why, it's helpful to look at Harvard students,

In Isabelle Doerre-Torres' curriculum, students learn about El Salvador's civil war (1980-1992) that killed more than 75,000 people, and that the U.S. funneled more than $4.5 billion to the right-wing Salvadoran government in the name of fighting communism. (Wikipedia Commons)

By Anna-Cat Brigida Broadcast version by Laura Rosbrow-Telem Reporting for the YES! Magazine-Media-Commonwealth News Service Collaboration BOSTON -- In the summer of 2017, before her senior year of high school, Isabelle Doerre-Torres met Carlos,* a Salvadoran immigrant on the verge of deportation.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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