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PNS Daily Newscast - August 18, 2017 


In our rundown spotlight today: at least 13 are dead in Barcelona after a driver ran his van into pedestrians; a researcher examines ways to resolve racial inequality; and a new study finds Latinos will fuel a quarter of America's economic growth in 2020.

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Public News Service - MA: Budget Policy & Priorities

Bay Staters with disabilities are on the front lines this week in battles to preserve critical health coverage both in Massachusetts and Congress. (Boston Center for Independent Living)

BOSTON – Bay Staters with disabilities are fighting battles on two fronts this week, to protest possible budget cuts and protect critical health coverage, both in Massachusetts and in D.C. The Trump administration has proposed steep cuts to Medicaid and opened the door for states to cut so-c

Local members of the Indivisible Movement have been making the rounds with lawmakers, expressing their opposition to the Senate GOP health care plan. (MinuteMan Indivisible)

LEXINGTON, Mass. – It will be up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to decide whether to bring the GOP health care plan up for a vote this week, but local opponents are keeping up the pressure to kill it. One of the first orders of business in the Senate could be whether to proceed wi

Supporters of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau held a 6th Birthday party in Boston, but they warn lobbyists are hard at work in D.C. trying to kill the agency. (MASSPIRG)

BOSTON -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau turned six years old on Friday, and along with a birthday cake, New Englanders are getting a warning that could affect tens of thousands of Bay State consumers. Janet Domenitz, executive director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group

As state lawmakers try to reconcile competing versions of Massachusetts' marijuana legalization bill, it now includes an amendment that promotes racial diversity in the pot business. (Fimansyah/Flickr)

BOSTON – State lawmakers are working against an end-of-month deadline to try to reconcile two competing versions of the marijuana legalization bill. The House was the latest to act on the measure, and Essex Rep. Frank Moran, who chairs the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, s

Proposed SNAP food assistance cuts are likely to hit low-income seniors and people with disabilities hardest. (USDA)

BOSTON – President Donald Trump wants to take a $193 billion slice out of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next 10 years, and local advocates say seniors and Bay Staters with disabilities would be hardest hit by the proposal. Patricia Baker, a policy analyst at

High-quality public education and health care are two factors that place Massachusetts in the top three states nationwide for child well-being. (M. Clifford)

BOSTON – The kids are all right in the Bay State, according to a new report. The state ranks second in the nation for overall child well-being. The new Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book examines economic, education, health, family and community factors that affect kids. M

Multiple Massachusetts groups say President Donald Trump already declared a

BOSTON – Promising to save trillions of dollars in lost domestic product and millions of industrial jobs, President Donald Trump announced Thursday he is pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. Katherine Anderson, communications coordinator for the group, '350 Mass' says the speech

Personal-care attendant Julie Gonzales is among the union members speaking out and describing the human toll repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on Massachusetts residents. (1199 SEIU).

BOSTON -- With the future of the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in doubt, local health care workers and their allies say there is little doubt the GOP plan could end health coverage for up to 1-in-10 Bay Staters. Personal Care Attendant Julie Gonzales was among the 1199 SEI

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