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    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

Public News Service - Maine

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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PHOTO: A new report indicates it could be a pesky summer with the impacts of climate change combining with a strong local moose population. The likely result is an increase in the ticks that bread Lyme disease. Photo credit - Wikimedia Commons

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new report says a big increase in pesky insects and plants is one more reason for Mainers to take action on climate change especially when it comes to ticks. Todd Martin, outreach coordinator with the Natural Resources Council of Maine, says climate change is fueling both warme...Read More

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PHOTO: Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) says budget battles in Congress are forcing Amtrak to play a dangerous game of picking and choosing between cities when it comes to installing important safety upgrades. Photo Credit - Wikimedia/rrpicturearchives.net

AUGUSTA, Maine - As commuters head back to work after the long holiday weekend, Senator Ed Markey says budget battles in Congress are making travel in the heavily traveled Northeast rail corridor less safe. Japan's Bullet train hurtles along at 200 miles per hour but has never had a fatal accident...Read More

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PHOTO: A new Annie E. Casey Foundation report puts Maine out in front when it comes to the number of children who get placed with foster families and kinship care rather than group home settings.

AUGUSTA, Maine - It can make all the difference for kids in the child welfare system, according to a new report and Maine is one of the best states in the nation when it comes to "family placement." Claire Berkowitz, executive director with the Maine Children's Alliance, says state policies that pu...Read More

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