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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - MA: Criminal Justice

Data from a new report indicates people in Massachusetts' poorest communities are far more likely to be on probation and paying monthly probation fees. (Prison Policy Initiative)

EAST HAMPTON, Mass. – A new report says the fees that Massachusetts charges to people on probation are falling disproportionately on those who live in the poorest communities. Wendy Sawyer, who authored the report for the Prison Policy Initiative, says advocates had long suspected those bein

Naomi Goldberg is co-author of a new report that finds transgender people are vulnerable to many forms of discrimination that make them far more likely to end up in jail and prison. (Jimenez/Funders for LGBTQ Issues)

BOSTON – A new report says it is not just controversial bathroom laws, but a wide range of factors that make transgender people vulnerable to a wide range of harm. Naomi Goldberg, the report’s co-author and research and policy director for the Movement Advancement Project, says that in

The future of mandatory minimum sentencing is now in the hands of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. (Swampyank/English Wikipedia)

BOSTON - It is now up to the state's highest court to determine whether a judge in a drug case can impose a sentence lower than the mandatory minimum under state law. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments last week. ACLU of Massachusetts legal director Matt Segal argues

Police should be called to Peck School in Holyoke less often as the result of a settlement with the school district that also calls for reducing the use of restraints on students with disabilities. (Jeff Joniec)

HOLYOKE, Mass. - It is an agreement that should mean fewer students ending up in restraints and fewer cops being called to respond to discipline issues at Peck School in Holyoke. Stanley Eichner is litigation director for the Disability Law Center, which launched an investigation into discipline

A new report ranks the Commonwealth in the top 10 states for both the strength and scope of its animal-protection laws. (Pixabay)

BOSTON – Massachusetts scores in the top 10 for animals in a new report that ranks protection laws in all 50 states. The report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) compares the overall strength and comprehensiveness of each state's animal protection laws, and finds that the Commonwealt

PHOTO: A new JAMA report details reasons that more funding is needed for public health and social service programs, such as Boston's Men's Health Crew, which focuses on preventing domestic violence. The report says the U.S. health system is failing young men of color. Photo courtesy Boston Public Health Commission.

BOSTON - There is no shortage of medical spending or technology in New England, but a new report says young, black men are more likely to survive in prison than they are on the street. While health-care spending is at an all-time high in the United States, said Dr. Stephen Martin of Boston Medical

PHOTO: Department of Youth Services Commissioner Peter Forbes (right) says 2014 saw the entire Juvenile Justice system in the Commonwealth get its head around the fact that kids are different and a developmental approach is needed. Credit: Daisy Gomez-Hugenberger, DYS

BOSTON – The biggest sign of progress when it comes to juvenile justice in Massachusetts in 2014 is a major change in thinking, according to local experts. Commissioner Peter J. Forbes with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services says positive youth outcomes have been on the agenda fo

PHOTO: As part of American Education Week, Dennis Van Roekel of the National Education Association meets with schoolchildren. The Massachusetts Teachers Association and NEA are acknowledging the role played by school workers outside the classrooms in student safety. Photo courtesy NEA

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - With the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting coming up next month, safety is a coincidental part of this week's American Education Week celebration, begun 92 years ago by the National Education Association. The NEA and the Massachusetts Teachers Association

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