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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - CT: Environmental Justice

Environmentalists say every $1 invested in the Green Bank brings $8 of private investment in clean energy. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Environmental advocates say state legislators should not try to balance the budget by raiding funds that protect air quality and support clean energy and energy efficiency. The Republican 2-year budget, passed with some Democratic support, would take $10 million a year from the

A new report says 200 megawatts of shared solar projects would create 2,580 jobs in Connecticut. (Vote Solar)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Investing in community solar could bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in wages, investments and tax revenues to Connecticut, according to a recent report. The report, from the group Vote Solar, says a statewide program creating 200 megawatts of shared solar pow

About 85 percent of Connecticut students ride buses to public schools, which exposes them to greater levels of air pollution. (School Bus Central/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Environmentalists want Connecticut to use some of the money from the Volkswagen settlement to help children in low-income communities affected by air pollution. The state will be getting almost $51 million from the car maker's $20 billion settlement for deliberately cheating

The EPA is scheduled to update regulations for copper and lead in drinking water this year. (Meir Roth/Pexels)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Environmental advocates say a new executive order issued by President Trump threatens clean air and water safeguards and puts communities at risk. It's called the Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. But according to Martin Ha

Under a consent decree approved in 2000, General Electric agreed to clean up PCBs in the Housatonic River.  (John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons)

LITCHFIELD, Conn. – The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected General Electric's objections to a plan to remove PCBs from the Housatonic River. The EPA's $613 million plan calls for sediment to be dredged from the river south of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where GE dumped the PCBs into

PHOTO: Heang Tan is project director and editor for the website Health Justice CT, sponsor of a Wed. night forum in New Haven about improving the health of Connecticut's lower-income populations. Photo courtesy Health Justice CT.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - People at a forum in New Haven tonight will explore both access to health care and the underlying issues that still get in the way of some low-income Connecticut residents achieving better health. Societal problems - from gun violence to poor neighborhood air quality and lack of

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Connecticut's biggest celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., has taken place at Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History, where 4,000 adults and kids from around the state passed through the doors on Sunday and Monday. This was the sixteenth such annual cel

WALLINGFORD, Conn. - It was a Halloween Eve surprise for shoppers in Wallingford, and the idea was to call attention to the need for more electronics recycling at Walmart. Lou Burch, program director for the Citizens Campaign for the Environment in Hamden, was among those staging the "flash action

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