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PNS Weekend Newscast - May 27th, 2016 


In the news this weekend: an attack in Egypt kills over two dozen people, President Trump's son in law is under the microscope in the Russian spying investigation, and it may take an entire village to save the planet.

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Public News Service - CT: Mental Health

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HARTFORD, Conn. – A bill to ban so-called conversion gay therapy in Connecticut has moved a big step closer to becoming law. The bill passed the state's House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote 141-to-8. Final passage would make Connecticut the seventh state in the nation to ban the lon

Limiting access to homecare services would force some seniors into expensive nursing homes. (geralt/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for seniors say Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposed budget would put Connecticut seniors at risk. According to AARP, the governor's budget would erode seniors' access to vital programs, affecting everything from prescription drugs to home health care. Claudio Gualtieri,

Mental health experts say prolonged isolation can worsen and even cause mental illness. (jmiller291/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lawmakers and advocates for people in prison on Tuesday are bringing a replica of a solitary confinement cell to the State Capitol as they call for reform legislation. Their point is that solitary confinement can worsen or even cause mental illness, and that prolonged isola

The 2016 census showed a 20 percent decline in the chronically homeless in Connecticut. (Matthew Woitunski/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Volunteers are needed to help with the annual census of homelessness in Connecticut next month. On Jan. 24, people will fan out in Connecticut and across the country to count how many people are homeless that night. Using a specially designed phone app, volunteers interac

Many people with developmental disabilities have spent their entire lives in the same group home, so changes proposed by the state are bound to be challenging. (NCVO London/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) says privatizing group homes for people with developmental disabilities will save millions of dollars - but will residents of these homes pay a price? DDS announced on Tuesday that it plans to privatize 30 group home

The number of homeless in CT has dropped 4 percent since 2007.  (Ed Yourdon/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut continues to make progress toward ending homelessness, according to the latest count. The annual survey, released Wednesday, showed a decrease of almost four-percent in overall homelessness compared to last year. That's the lowest since the statewide counts began in 200

Layoffs included speech pathologists and occupational therapists. (Birmingham Culture/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - More than 100 state employees who work for the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services were laid off on Tuesday. The layoffs included a majority of those who work as occupational therapists and speech pathologists with people with developmental disabilities, said Jen Schn

State workers rally at the Connecticut State Capitol on Tuesday, asking lawmakers not to cut their pension and health-care benefits. (Adavyd/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Faced with layoffs and cuts, public safety workers are telling Connecticut legislators to find other ways to balance the state budget. "Respect Those Who Protect" is the message members of the Connecticut Public Safety Employees Coalition hope lawmakers will hear at today's rall

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