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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: Census

Massachusetts is 13th in the country in getting people to fill out the census online, and 20th for overall responses. (Driftwood/Adobestock)

BOSTON -- Two months after the launch of the 2020 Census, 37% of Massachusetts households still haven't filled out their forms. The Bay State's overall response rate ranks 20th in the nation. Many local groups are helping raise awareness because the census is used to divvy up federal funds. Pa

The state's poverty rate is almost back to pre-Great Recession levels, thanks in part to the $2 increase in the state minimum wage. (Wonderlane/flckr)

BOSTON – It's a significant drop. The share of Massachusetts children living in poverty is down, and state job growth along with recent boosts in the minimum wage are cited as big factors pushing the positive trend. The data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey show the child p

Supporters join Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, second from right, as lawmakers hold a hearing on a new measure to improve the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Commonwealth. Courtesy: Health Care For All

BOSTON - There is no shortage of state agencies trying to battle health and housing issues in the Commonwealth, but a new bill says a lot more could be accomplished through coordination. Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, said the measure will help children and families by improving such things as acc

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

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

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