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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MA: Youth

In a new Harvard Graduate School of Education study, more than half of fathers report they're getting to know their children better. (digitalskillet1/Adobe Stock)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- As families deal with the stresses of working and parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Harvard Graduate School of Education study finds almost 70% of fathers across the country are feeling closer to their children. Even though gender roles in parenting have changed subs

A new training and recruitment program for Massachusetts poll workers incorporates input from town clerks across the state. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)

BOSTON -- Good-government groups are partnering with local election officials to recruit and train students and other young people to fill poll-worker positions vacant due to the pandemic, ahead of the September 1 Massachusetts primary. In 2018, around two-thirds of poll workers nationwide were ov

Gov. Charlie Baker says he is pleased that most school districts are planning for at least some in-person instruction. (https://www.vperemen.com/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON -- Nine out of ten Massachusetts parents are concerned their children will catch COVID-19 if school buildings open soon, according to a new poll. The Massachusetts Teachers Association commissioned the poll from Echo Cove Research and Consulting, which surveyed 600 voters online. Merrie Naj

Groups that promote unity and social harmony are encouraging Americans to find ways to connect despite social distancing. (#WeavingCommunity)

BOSTON -- A new online campaign called #WeavingCommunity aims to confront the social crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their website, weaving.us, gives tips on ways to connect and to show folks care about their communities. Pearce Godwin, co-director of the Listen First Project and the Nati

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.

Both the Massachusetts House and Senate jointly released a proposal to increase future education funding. (Andy Connolly/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate votes on a bill Thursday that would dramatically increase long term education funding – a priority that has stalled in past legislatures. Senate Bill 2350, or the Student Opportunity Act, would phase in $1.5 billion over seven years toward K-12 educati

The phones have been ringing at the Massachusetts State House, and frustrated parents on the other end of the line have convinced their lawmakers some big changes are needed in kids' health care. (Daderot/Wikipedia)

BOSTON – The Massachusetts House votes today on sweeping legislation that aims to make it easier for young people and their families to navigate the complicated health-care system. Among its many efforts, it addresses the pediatric health workforce, behavioral health and insurance coverage for

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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