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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - MA: Consumer Issues

Natural-gas pipeline opponents say they'll protest again Friday at Gov. Charlie Baker's office. (350 Mass For a Better Future)

BOSTON – A new report says two utility companies inflated energy costs for their customers in Massachusetts and other New England states. The allegations are being made in a new white paper by the Environmental Defense Fund. Craig Altemose, Master of Public Policy for the group, "350 Mass fo

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BOSTON – A new nationwide report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund ranks the top 25 restaurant chains for their antibiotics policies and practices. At issue is misuse of antibiotics in meat production, which experts say puts human health at risk by breeding dru

Some in Massachusetts are protesting the potential effects of $5.5 trillion in tax cuts proposed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. (C. Harrison)

BOSTON – Boston kicked off this weekend with protests of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan's budget resolution. It calls for $5.5 trillion in tax cuts and is expected to reach the House floor by early October. Among those speaking out in opposition to the Ryan plan is Michael Kane, executive di

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

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

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

Advocates say KFC's move makes sense given the global concern about the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. (MASSPIRG)

BOSTON -- Consumer and public health advocates are applauding the latest pledge by a fast food chain to phase out its use of chickens raised on antibiotics. Kentucky Fried Chicken has announced that by the end of 2018, all chicken purchased by the company will be raised without having received any o

Litter is only one reason some communities ban retailers' use of plastic bags. They can also damage equipment at recycling facilities. (Metro Waste Authority)

BOSTON — Last month, two more towns in Massachusetts passed measures to end the use of plastic bags, and backers say it's fueling support for a statewide ban. As more towns and cities pass local bag ordinances, Rep. Lori Ehrlich of Essex said it builds momentum for her statewide legislation.

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