PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 

It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 

Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - MA: Family/Father Issues

HelpLine counselor Denise Moran, right, is among those who are providing last-minute assistance to Bay Staters signing up for health coverage. (Health Care For All)

BOSTON - It's down to the wire for Bay Staters to sign up for health-insurance coverage or make changes to existing plans, and the good news is that help still is available. Local consumers don't have to do it alone, said Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, executive director of Health Care for All Massachusetts

Kheila Cox is among the Logan Airport workers applauding a planned measure that would boost the pay of workers a Logan Airport to 15 dollars an hour. Courtesy: 32BJ SEIU

BOSTON - Low-wage workers in Massachusetts have been busy in a nationwide effort to boost the minimum wage and now legislation is planned to boost airport worker pay. State Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) plans to be the lead sponsor of a measure to raise Logan Airport wages to $15 an hour. He sa

State lawmakers will be hearing from Jena Benson, 18, left, a fast-food worker from Dorchester, as she testifies in support of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Courtesy: Fight for $15

BOSTON - An 18-year-old doughnut-shop worker from Dorchester will be among those testifying today at the State House as lawmakers begin hearings on a series of measures to raise pay and improve working conditions. The measure pending before both houses that is grabbing the biggest headlines is the

Para Educator Nancy Burke (r.) with student Taylor Warren. Courtesy: Massachusetts Teachers Association

BOSTON - A Massachusetts educator won national recognition this week for a garden project that enables high school students in wheelchairs to do some digging in the dirt. Nancy Burke, an education support professional at Haverhill High School, won top honors at the Bammy Awards this weekend. She s

At 101, Kay Roberts still dresses up to read to students from the Cat in the Hat. After a half-century as an educator, she knows what makes a good teacher, and a good student. Courtesy: Massachusetts Teachers Assn.

BOSTON - If you want to know what makes a good teacher and a good student, you might want to ask someone with classroom experience. Now that she is 101 years of age, Kay Roberts has plenty of that. She started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Vermont in 1937, but it wasn't long before Kay Rob

Alyssa Vangeli testifies in Boston on Tuesday for a measure that would protect patient confidentiality when accessing sensitive health services. Courtesy Health Care For All.

BOSTON - What you tell your doctor is private, but if you're a young adult in Massachusetts, sensitive information still could go to your parents if you are on their health insurance plan. State lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a measure that would protect confidential access to health informat

Max Page and his daughter Ruthie plan to testify today before the Joint Legislative Committee on Education. Both believe the Commonwealth needs to take a time out from high-stakes testing. Credit: M. Page.

BOSTON – Lawmakers are expected to get an earful today on the issue of standardized testing, and whether the Commonwealth needs to take a three-year time-out on high stakes tests. Ruthie Page Weinbaum, a sixth-grader from Amherst, says if you add up the time spent preparing for and taking st

Students who wish to opt out of standardized testing in the Commonwealth now have the backing of the state's largest teachers union. Credit: Wikimedia -

BOSTON - While the school year is nearing the end, many students still face a round of standardized testing - and now students who decide to opt out have the state's largest teachers union behind them. Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni said the union supports students op

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