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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - MA: Community Issues and Volunteering

Police should be called to Peck School in Holyoke less often as the result of a settlement with the school district that also calls for reducing the use of restraints on students with disabilities. (Jeff Joniec)

HOLYOKE, Mass. - It is an agreement that should mean fewer students ending up in restraints and fewer cops being called to respond to discipline issues at Peck School in Holyoke. Stanley Eichner is litigation director for the Disability Law Center, which launched an investigation into discipline

Kirstie Pecci (center) says residents of Charlton, Sturbridge and Southbridge are concerned about well water contamination and they don't want state officials to approve the proposed expansion of a local landfill until the source of contamination is determined. (MASSPIRG)

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. - Put a lid on it. That's the message from residents who live near the proposed expansion of the Southbridge landfill. An environmental review process is underway to expand the waste landfill, but local residents say the existing landfill is already contaminating local well water

Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez is among House members who gave unanimous support to a measure that aims to reduce abuse of prescription painkillers. (Office of Rep. Sanchez)

BOSTON - State lawmakers passed a measure in the House this week that would limit the prescriptions that most doctors write for pain medications to a seven-day supply. State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Dist. 15) supports the measure. He says more than 1,0000 people died from opioid-related overdoses i

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

PHOTO: Canvassers from Health Care For All, Chelsea Collaborative and other groups knocked on 360,000 doors around Massachusetts during the open-enrollment period, informing Commonwealth residents of their options. Photo courtesy of The Chelsea Collaborative.

CHELSEA, Mass. - A week from Sunday marks the deadline for enrolling or re-enrolling in health-insurance programs, and advocates of the Affordable Care Act coverage say they have done an impressive job of informing Commonwealth residents of their options. The goal was to knock on the doors of 200,0

GRAPHIC: A new report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Massachusetts and many other states are doing a better job of helping children stay nourished and healthy when school’s out. Credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – A new

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