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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: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: Department of Youth Services Commissioner Peter Forbes (right) says 2014 saw the entire Juvenile Justice system in the Commonwealth get its head around the fact that kids are different and a developmental approach is needed. Credit: Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, DYS

BOSTON – The biggest sign of progress when it comes to juvenile justice in Massachusetts in 2014 is a major change in thinking, according to local experts. Commissioner Peter J. Forbes with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services says positive youth outcomes have been on the agenda fo

PHOTO: As part of American Education Week, Dennis Van Roekel of the National Education Association meets with schoolchildren. The Massachusetts Teachers Association and NEA are acknowledging the role played by school workers outside the classrooms in student safety. Photo courtesy NEA

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - With the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting coming up next month, safety is a coincidental part of this week's American Education Week celebration, begun 92 years ago by the National Education Association. The NEA and the Massachusetts Teachers Association

BOSTON - When the explosions went off that killed at least two and injured scores more along the route of the Boston Marathon Monday, Curt Gilmore was at a tent beyond the finish line helping give food and drink to exhausted runners. "So I was at that tent out on Boylston Street, with a straight vi

PHOTO: Massachusetts gun safety advocates are hailing moves by Gov. Patrick and President Obama this week. Photo courtesy of Stop Handgun Violence.

NEWTON, Mass. – John Rosenthal founded the national organization Stop Handgun Violence, based in Newton, in 1995 – or, as he puts it, "600,000 gun deaths ago." He says he is proud of President Barack Obama for doing and saying things Rosenthal's been advocating for 18 years. The pres

BOSTON - A Massachusetts prison inmate calling his or her mother on Mother's Day could pay as much as $.86 a minute. In some states, a collect call from jail can cost up to $2.75 a minute. Advocacy groups say these charges are additional burdens for families trying to provide support for incarcerate

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