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PNS Daily News - March 28, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues today including: word of a secret White House visit prompts calls for the House Intelligence chair to recuse himself from the Russia investigation; internet activity could be sold to the highest bidder under a bill up for a vote; and new research shows Uncle Sam is taking more from undocumented immigrants than the wealthy.

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Adoption of the Clean Power Plan will save Bay State businesses tens of millions of dollars, according to a new report from the Georgia Institute of Technology. (Boston Water and Sewer Commission).

BOSTON – A new report shows retail and office buildings could save big bucks by implementing efficiency measures to help the Bay State comply with the Clean Power Plan. The report from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds retail buildings could save $44 million by the year 2030 and offi

Opponents of Spectra Energy's natural gas pipeline plan are marching more than 40 miles today to protest transporting fracked gas into the Bay State. (350 Mass)

BOSTON – Opponents of building new fracking gas pipelines in Massachusetts plan to march more than 40 miles today to call attention to their cause. The march traces the route of the proposed Spectra Energy pipeline, according to Emily Kirkland, director of organizing for the group 350 Mass f

A new MASSPIRG survey cautions that some popular personal-care products on local store shelves are linked to negative health effects, including cancer. (M. Clifford)

BOSTON - Claire Gambrill, research intern at the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG), which produced the survey, lists 10 common, everyday products which her group said consumers should beware. "There is men's deodorants, there are baby wipes, shampoos, conditioners, things like

Kirstie Pecci (center) says residents of Charlton, Sturbridge and Southbridge are concerned about well water contamination and they don't want state officials to approve the proposed expansion of a local landfill until the source of contamination is determined. (MASSPIRG)

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. - Put a lid on it. That's the message from residents who live near the proposed expansion of the Southbridge landfill. An environmental review process is underway to expand the waste landfill, but local residents say the existing landfill is already contaminating local well water

Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez is among House members who gave unanimous support to a measure that aims to reduce abuse of prescription painkillers. (Office of Rep. Sanchez)

BOSTON - State lawmakers passed a measure in the House this week that would limit the prescriptions that most doctors write for pain medications to a seven-day supply. State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Dist. 15) supports the measure. He says more than 1,0000 people died from opioid-related overdoses i

Construction is nearing completion on the Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield. Co-op Power has invested more than $3 million to open the first community-owned biodiesel refinery in the region. (Co-op Power)

BOSTON – Sometime next month a new plant in Greenfield should start cranking out clean biodiesel fuel that is manufactured from recycled cooking oil. Co-op Power CEO Lynn Benander says the plant will take cooking oil waste from restaurants, schools and institutions in the area and convert it

PHOTO: The Portland-Maine pipeline, shown here crossing Coos County, NH, is cited in a petition calling on the federal government to issue stricter regulations for transporting tar sands oil from Western Canada across New England and the Midwest.

BOSTON - More than 55 groups and individuals are petitioning the federal government to halt plans to pump corrosive tar-sands oil from Canada to American ports for export. Current regulations are inadequate, they say, and raise the risk of catastrophic spills. They're out to stop both the Keystone

BOSTON - Bay Staters can now do a safety check on common items, such as children's toys, women's handbags, pet products and cars. About 5,000 products have been tested for lead, mercury, arsenic, other chemicals and metals. In some cases, hazardous levels were found, but a new database of the findin

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