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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2021 


A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the U-S Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks voting right measure.


2021Talks - June 23, 2021 


The White House kicks off a child tax credit promotional blitz, Senator Schumer will call for a debate on election reform, and New York City gives ranked voting a shot for its mayoral primary.

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Roughly 18,500 households in Massachusetts are excluded from the Earned Income Tax Credit because at least one member can't get a Social Security number. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

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BOSTON -- Groups are calling on Massachusetts to open up the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to working residents who pay taxes but may not qualify for a Social Security number. A new report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center pointed out the law requires everyone who works to pay

Around $5 million in funding for Community Action helped agencies with a variety of support systems in the past year, including keeping food pantries open during the pandemic. (aerogondo/Adobe Stock)

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TAUNTON, Mass. - Community Action Agencies say $5 million in the House version of the Massachusetts state budget next year would go a long way toward helping the most vulnerable communities recover from the pandemic. Liz Berube, executive director of Citizens for Citizens Inc. in the Taunton-Fall R

About 1.5 million Americans are highly allergic to sesame seeds and sesame-based products. (TAndrews/Morguefile)

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BOSTON -- Some 1.5 million Americans are highly allergic to sesame, yet it isn't required to be listed on food labels. That may be about to change. The U.S. House has passed the FASTER Act, which would name sesame as one of only nine allergens that must be included on ingredient lists. Lisa Gable

More than 25,000 workers from the food and accommodation sector filed unemployment claims last week in Massachusetts, the sector with the most unemployment claims in the Bay State. (Sam Nota, Paul Vakalis/Creative Commons)

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BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill to get business interruption insurance to cover the economic losses from COVID-19, particularly to help restaurants and other small businesses. It's the second such bill in the country, with the first from New Jersey. Massachusetts State Sen.

Among the states, Massachusetts is second only to Wisconsin for its farm output of fresh cranberries.  (djorenstein/Pixabay)

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PLYMOUTH, Mass. – If Thanksgiving cranberry sales don't pick up, it could be a tough year for Massachusetts growers of the bitter fruit – and they're laying much of the blame on the U.S. trade war with China. Massachusetts' cranberry output is the second-highest in the country, and the

Some lower-income students would rather skip lunch than go to the cafeteria and be lectured or denied a hot meal because their parents owe the school money. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

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BOSTON – A cold sandwich is what students may get instead of the hot lunch they wanted at some Massachusetts public schools. They often are humiliated, sometimes to tears, when denied their lunch, and some are even confronted about their parents' debt by cafeteria workers. State Sen. Cynthia

As many as 1 in 10 current or recent college students face homelessness as they struggle to pay student debt and living expenses, research shows. (andrew_t8/Pixabay)

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BOSTON – Studying while hungry – many college students struggle to get enough to eat because they lack money to buy food. At Worcester State University on Friday, educators and policymakers floated solutions at the Voices of Hunger conference. Research from Temple University found ab

Proposed SNAP food assistance cuts are likely to hit low-income seniors and people with disabilities hardest. (USDA)

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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

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