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PNS Daily Newscast - November 24, 2017 


On today’s rundown, all eyes on the G.O.P. tax plan - labor groups say it’s not good for working families, and the view from Michigan is the likely loss of many services across the state; plus, report today on Black Friday and Native American Heritage Day

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Public News Service - MA: Urban Planning/Transportation

As Bay Staters prepare to hit the roads for Labor Day, new data shows a 20 percent spike in local traffic fatalities in the first half of this year. (Ragesoss via wiki)

BOSTON — The fall in gas prices means Bay Staters are driving more, and according to new data, that's resulted in a 20 percent increase in motor vehicle fatalities in the first half of 2016. According to Kirstie Pecci, staff attorney with MASSPIRG, data from the National Safety Council showe

The janitors who clean the T and their supporters rally today against job cuts they say could leave the MBTA a mess. (SEIU)

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plans to cut one-third of the workforce that cleans the "T" stations in the Boston area as part of a plan to balance its budget. But janitors and their supporters will be out in force on Monday to stand against the cutbacks. Cambridge V

Whether it is riding to work, the store or just for fun, Bay Staters have plenty of riding opportunities during National Bike Month. (Mike Clifford)

BOSTON - It's National Bike Month, offering plenty of opportunities for folks in Massachusetts to press their feet to the pedals and get on the road. Stefanie Seskin, active transportation director for the Boston Transportation Department, runs the Boston Bikes Program. She says they are encoura

A new analysis of MBTA data finds the agency is $600 million short for the most basic repair goals over the next five years. (Adam E. Moreira)

BOSTON - Last week's nightmare 24-hour shutdown for rail commuters in the nation's capital for emergency maintenance could be a sign of things to come for commuters in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) says it is at least $600 million short of funds for the mo

It was a controversial rate hike, and local advocates say the 10 percent MBTA boost will produce more traffic jams and harm the environment. (@LISC_BVanMeter)

BOSTON - When the latest Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority rate hike takes effect in July, local public-transit advocates predict plenty of fallout, including more pollution and traffic jams. Transportation for Massachusetts does not oppose all fare increases, but the group's partnership d

Para Educator Nancy Burke (r.) with student Taylor Warren. Courtesy: Massachusetts Teachers Association

BOSTON - A Massachusetts educator won national recognition this week for a garden project that enables high school students in wheelchairs to do some digging in the dirt. Nancy Burke, an education support professional at Haverhill High School, won top honors at the Bammy Awards this weekend. She s

PHOTO: Airport service workers selected this peak travel time to stage a protest alleging wage theft and safety violations by the contractor ReadyJet. Credit: Wiki Project Aviation.

BOSTON - With millions preparing to take to the skies for the holidays, workers rallied at Logan International Airport on Wednesday to call attention to what they see as a "law-breaking" contractor. Roxana Rivera, director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says the people who clean aircraft and provide

PHOTO: Transit station cleaners expect to be joined by hundreds of supporters for a Saturday march to protest cuts to the T Station cleaning workforce. Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU.

BOSTON - Transit station cleaners and their supporters will be marching to protest planned job cuts, which they say would put the health and safety of both workers and 'T' riders in jeopardy. The cuts could not have come at a worse time, according to Roxana Rivera, District 615 director of 32-BJ S

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