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    PNS Daily News - August 28, 20150 


    Today’s rundown highlights issues from around the nation including: a new clean water rule blocked; with tax dollars up in flames the feds look to limit gas flaring; a decision could open the door to fast-food unions; and groups are fired up over Donald Trump’s latest anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Public News Service - Maine

PHOTO: Death penalty opponents say last week's 4-3 decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court moves the state more in line with Maine and the nation. Photo Credit: CA Corrections.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Death penalty opponents say last week's Connecticut Supreme Court decision striking down the death penalty moves the state more in line with a growing consensus in New England and the nation. Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, says the...Read More

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PHOTO: Maine should see improving air quality as the EPA's Clean Power Plan curbs pollution from coal-fired power plants, even those not in the Northeast, since polluted air from plants in the Midwest ends up in New England on air currents. Photo credit: Edbrown05/Wikimedia Commons.

AUGUSTA, Maine – The air is often dangerous to breathe for 44 percent of Americans, according to a new report – and for Mainers who live in what's known as the tailpipe of the nation, the Environmental Protection Agency's new Clean Power Plan should bring major improvements. Michael Se...Read More

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PHOTO: The comment period is under way for the draft language for Question 1. Supporters who gathered in Concord last week say the goal is to hold lawmakers accountable to the people. Photo credit: Jeff Kirlin

AUGUSTA, Maine – The wheels are in motion for Maine voters to take a stand this fall on whether they want to change state law in favor of greater political campaign finance disclosure and more. Andrew Bossie, executive director of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, says Question 1 on the No...Read More

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PHOTO: A New England commuter advocate says rail riders will be subject to human error in Maine and much of New England if the Senate give the railroads three more years to install positive train control safety systems. Photo credit- Adam E. Moreira via wiki

AUGUSTA, Maine – A New England commuter advocate says safety is in the balance as lawmakers in Washington debate a three-year delay for railroads to install crash prevention measures. The system is called positive control, and Jim Cameron, founder of the Commuter Action Group, stresses lawma...Read More

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PHOTO: Critics claim the federal plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants will raise electricity prices, but a pair of reports suggests it'll mean lower bills for Maine families. Photo credit: Bes Z/Flickr.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Two new studies find the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon pollution from the nation's existing power plants makes a lot of financial sense for consumers. One of the reports is from Synapse Energy Economics. The group's principal economist, Elizab...Read More

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PHOTO: Hunting and fishing contribute half a billion dollars to Maine's economy and a new (NWF) survey shows wide bipartisan report for extending EPA Clean Water protections to smaller rivers and streams. Photo credit: Missing Lynx/NRCM.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Tea Party voters are well represented in a new bipartisan survey that finds broad support for the Clean Water Act. Three-in-four voters say the protections should apply to smaller rivers and streams. A national survey from the National Wildlife Federation finds that almost...Read More

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PHOTO: Action by Maine lawmakers, overriding a Gov. Paul LePage veto, means the Public Utilities Commission is about to start getting input on ways to compensate Granite Staters for solar installations. Photo credit: Pujanak/Wikimedia Commons

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Public Utilities Commission will soon hold meetings to figure out how to help Maine residents afford solar installations. The commission is responding to the resolve that became law last month after an override of Governor LePage's veto. Resolve 1235 calls for the state to fin...Read More

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PHOTO: Hunger-fighting advocates in Maine say food pantries have been busier as a result of work requirements for SNAP benefits that they say can be particularly difficult for many veterans. Photo courtesy of Preble Street.

AUGUST, Maine - As Maine gets ready for Independence Day, local advocates say it's a good time to remember the more than 14,000 veterans in the state who must rely on federal benefits to put food on their tables. Maureen Nagy supervisor veterans housing services with the advocacy group "Preble Str...Read More

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