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PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2019 


Democrats call for investigation of spa owner who allegedly offered access to President Trump. Also on the Tuesday rundown: Prolonged repercussions expected from the “Bomb Cyclone.” Plus, navigating the stumbling blocks to Medicaid expansion.

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Public News Service - MA: Children's Issues

The Fund our Future campaign is advocating for about $1.5 billion to address public education funding shortages in pre K-12 and higher education in Massachusetts. (Fund our Future)

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Legislature next week is to consider more than a dozen education-related bills. A higher-education advocacy day is Thursday, with a Friday public hearing on 16 bills in the Joint Committee on Education. The Fund Our Future campaign, a coalition of educators and parents, s

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal budget includes additional education spending, but not enough for many education activists. (Mass.gov)

BOSTON – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday unveiled his proposed budget with a focus on education spending along with a companion bill. But school activists are pushing for significantly more funding. The 2020 fiscal budget includes more than $200 million in new state aid to ed

Pregnant women are advised not to eat fish with high mercury levels, one of the reasons some are concerned about the new head of the EPA's deregulatory agenda, including efforts to roll back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule. (Dale Cruse/Flickr)

AMHERST, Mass. – A group of ten moms visited Capitol Hill this week to oppose Andrew Wheeler's confirmation as EPA administrator. This environmental fight is personal for one Massachusetts mother. Gazit Chaya Nkosi says her child suffered from lead poisoning as a baby. Now, the Amherst wom

Paid family and sick leave is considered a victory for moms who need to take time off with a new baby, an aging parent or in case of family illness. (RaiseUpMA)

BOSTON – Paid family and medical leave and a $15 minimum wage is cause for celebration for tens of thousands of Massachusetts workers this Independence Day. The so-called "Grand Bargain" bill, signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker last week, was a triumph of consensual policy-making between

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is hearing this week from his counterparts in more than 20 states. (Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON – A coalition of state attorneys general, including Maura Healy in Massachusetts, sent a letter on Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, demanding that the administration immediately stop putting children in danger by separating them from their families on the nation's souther

The Boston Poor People's Campaign held a rally at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Monday, calling for a $15 minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, and a

BOSTON – Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., held a hearing at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday afternoon that focused on issues raised by the Poor People's Campaign, including economic inequality, union rights and voter suppression. Massachusetts is one of 35 states where protesters have engaged for

Some lower-income students would rather skip lunch than go to the cafeteria and be lectured or denied a hot meal because their parents owe the school money. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

BOSTON – A cold sandwich is what students may get instead of the hot lunch they wanted at some Massachusetts public schools. They often are humiliated, sometimes to tears, when denied their lunch, and some are even confronted about their parents' debt by cafeteria workers. State Sen. Cynthia

Massachusetts educators say standardized testing is putting increasing pressure on students.<br />(Alberto G./Flickr)

BOSTON -- New research seems to suggest what many Bay State educators have been saying for a while: the time spent preparing students for testing can degrade the overall quality of teaching. A new study, that includes two unidentified Massachusetts school districts, found when tougher tests were us

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