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PNS Daily Newscast UPDATE - October 17, 2019 


Congressman Elijah Cummings has died. Also on the rundown: President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 


Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - MA: Community Issues and Volunteering

Women lawmakers are taking the lead on a bill pending at the State House that would ensure doctor-patient confidentiality when it comes to insurance companies' explanation of benefits. (Scholars Strategy Network)

BOSTON - A legislative effort led by women involves doctor-patient confidentiality. Shauna Shames, an assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden, says it's no surprise women lawmakers are in the lead in sponsoring the Explanation-of-Benefits (EOB) bill that would prevent

Local letter carriers will be scrambling on Saturday picking up nonperishable food donations for the nation's largest one-day annual food drive. (National Association of Letter Carriers)

BOSTON – Stamp Out Hunger is the nation's largest one-day, charitable food drive, and coming up this weekend, Bay Staters are expected to help out with millions of pounds of food, once again. Rick DiCecca, regional administrative assistant for the National Association of Letter Carriers, says

Whether it is riding to work, the store or just for fun, Bay Staters have plenty of riding opportunities during National Bike Month. (Mike Clifford)

BOSTON - It's National Bike Month, offering plenty of opportunities for folks in Massachusetts to press their feet to the pedals and get on the road. Stefanie Seskin, active transportation director for the Boston Transportation Department, runs the Boston Bikes Program. She says they are encoura

A Boston nonprofit is ditching the fancy banquet tables in favor of soapboxes Tuesday night in an event that will focus on patient-centered care. (National Institutes of Health)

BOSTON - Forget the banquet table with expensive flowers and a fancy meal. A major Boston nonprofit is replacing that with soapboxes for speakers to stand on for what they expect will be a wide-ranging conversation about patient-centered care. Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, executive director for Health C

A proposal to end the state's 5-cent refundable bottle deposit law is drawing fire from consumer and environmental advocates. (SMG)

BOSTON - It's in the early stages, but a bill pending this legislative session is of major concern to Commonwealth consumer and environmental advocates. At issue is a measure supported by the beverage industry that would eliminate the 5-cent refundable bottle deposit paid by retailers and wholesal

A Boston-based children's advocacy group has filed a complaint against the

BOSTON - A Boston-based children's advocacy group says a video learning series is back at it again, making "unfounded claims" about infants' ability to learn, even during the first 18 months in the crib. Executive Director Josh Golin says his group, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, first

A new analysis of MBTA data finds the agency is $600 million short for the most basic repair goals over the next five years. (Adam E. Moreira)

BOSTON - Last week's nightmare 24-hour shutdown for rail commuters in the nation's capital for emergency maintenance could be a sign of things to come for commuters in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) says it is at least $600 million short of funds for the mo

It was a controversial rate hike, and local advocates say the 10 percent MBTA boost will produce more traffic jams and harm the environment. (@LISC_BVanMeter)

BOSTON - When the latest Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority rate hike takes effect in July, local public-transit advocates predict plenty of fallout, including more pollution and traffic jams. Transportation for Massachusetts does not oppose all fare increases, but the group's partnership d

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