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PNS Daily Newscast - March 8, 2021 


Nationwide protests in advance of trial of former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd; judicial districts amendment faces bipartisan skepticism in PA.


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After a whirlwind voting session the Senate approves $1.9 Trillion COVID relief bill, President Biden signs an executive order to expand voting access and the president plans a news conference this month.

Public News Service - MA: Civic Engagement

Congress is being urged to make it easier for low-income households to save. A new (AECF) brief says households of color are twice as likely to suffer from asset poverty in the Commonwealth. (Mike Clifford)

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BOSTON - A new policy brief is urging Congress to make it easier for low-income families to save. The Annie E. Casey Foundation policy brief finds the racial wealth gap in America is growing. The Foundation's Senior Associate Beadsie Woo says households of color are twice as likely to be experienci

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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