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PNS Daily News - Monday, March 27, 2017 


Hundreds detained in Russian corruption protests; with the ACA repeal quashed, physicians promote Medicare for all; and the solitary confinement of juveniles in Tennessee blocked by a federal judge. Those stories and more in today’s rundown.

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Public News Service - MA: Consumer Issues

Brian Rosman with Health Care For All estimates at least a half-million Bay State residents would see their health coverage end, or be greatly reduced, under the GOP's replacement plan. (Health Care For All)

BOSTON – It has a new name and President Donald Trump's endorsement, but one local watchdog group says the GOP's Affordable Care Act replacement could end or reduce health care for at least a half-million people in Massachusetts. The plan would end the mandate to purchase insurance, and instea

Caution is the byword for the toys Bay Staters put under their tree. A new report cautions against toys that could spy on young children on the Internet. (Mike Clifford)

BOSTON – A new report from a New England consumer watchdog group has some tips for holiday shoppers who want to avoid toys that collect internet data on kids and more. Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said its 2016 report offers consumer safegua

MASSPIRG's Diedre Cummings, right, says local small businesses end up bearing the brunt of additional federal and state taxes due to tax-haven abuse by big multinational companies. (MASSPIRG)

BOSTON – When big companies avoid taxes by using offshore tax havens, small businesses are forced to pick up the slack for those lost revenues. A new national survey found that Massachusetts ranks fourth-highest in the nation for the impact of that additional burden on local businesses. The

Supporter of the new state law legalizing adult possession of marijuana in the Bay State are concerned about lawmakers possibly doing away with key parts of it, including a home-grow provision. (A7nubis/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON — Bay State voters approved a ballot measure legalizing adult possession of marijuana earlier this month - and lawmakers are already discussing possible amendments to the new law. The law passed with the support of 54 precent of Massachusetts voters. Jim Borghesani, communications dir

Question 3 on Massachusetts' November ballot would prohibit cruel confinement of farm animals. (HSUS)

BOSTON -- When Commonwealth voters cast their ballots in November, one box they may check will for Question 3: a measure to prohibit cruelty in the confinement of farm animals. There are currently no rules for the confinement of farm animals in Massachusetts, said Paul Shapiro, vice president of f

MTA President Barbara Madeloni joins parents and educators for today's National School Walk-In Day, calling attention to the need to fully fund public education. (Mass. Teachers Assn)

BOSTON – All across the state, parents and educators at dozens of Bay State Schools today are taking part in National School Walk-In Day. Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, says the main theme is supporting Schools that Our Students Deserve. She says peo

The Cape Cod National Seashore is among the 60,000-plus acres of federally-managed public land in Massachusetts. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

BOSTON – The armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon earlier this year took place thousands of miles from New England, but the issues it raised could put all public land at risk. Anti-government activists, including some state and federal lawmakers, maintain the U.S. is obli

Local nurses plan to testify Tuesday against a proposal that could allow unlicensed to administer medications in Massachusetts. (Aleksahgabrielle/Wikimedia)

BOSTON – A controversial proposal comes up for public debate Tuesday about whether someone needs a license to administer medication in the Bay State. The state maintains it could see some health-care savings by allowing people who aren't necessarily doctors or nurses to give medications. B

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