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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


2020Talks - September 18, 2020 


Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - MA: Civic Engagement

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

PHOTO: Public television affiliates around the U.S. are being buffeted by a film about a pair of controversial billionaires. Courtesy Elsewhere Films.

BOSTON - Petition drives are asking public television stations to air a documentary called "Citizen Koch." It's about money in politics and the two billionaires, Charles and David Koch, who support conservative causes. Their backing of climate change skeptics especially angers a group called Foreca

BOSTON - As American workers continue to fill the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, supporters in the Bay State prepare for rallies in Boston and Springfield today. The immediate issue in Wisconsin is a bill to diminish collective bargaining rights for public employees, and while this is happening in M

BOSTON - Election Day is Tuesday, and by now, you've probably been bombarded with radio and television ads either touting one politician or bashing another. With money flowing like rivers into campaigns, it's been tough for voters to know where the money is coming from - until now. A non-partisan re

BOSTON - Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey and a handful of other Democrats are urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski to take action to preserve an open and free Internet. Their letter to Genachowski comes a week after Google and Verizon released a proposal tha

BOSTON - The U.S. Constitution begins: "We the people" - and a group of lawmakers in Massachusetts would like to keep it that way. In response to the Supreme Court ruling in January that now allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money for political ads, Massachusetts state Senator Jamie

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