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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 

    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Public News Service - Maine

As the nation pauses to remember those who served and died defending the nation, a new report says the average officer veteran is only 47 and needs to find a good state for retirement. (Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force)

AUGUSTA, Maine - As the nation takes time to honor veterans on Memorial Day, a new survey points to Maine as one of the top 10 states in the nation as places for veterans to retire. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales said their survey found that Maine ranks in the top three states for quality of life ...Read More

Public News Service - ME

Magazines that promote marijuana will have to be kept behind the counter under the latest proposal to legalize marijuana in Maine. (United States Fish and Wildlife Service).

AUGUSTA, Maine – It has been a long road paved with court battles and compromise, but Maine voters will get a chance to decide whether the state should legalize pot on the November ballot. David Boyer, who manages the Maine chapter of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, says the...Read More

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Mainers gave feedback in Millinocket and at the University of Maine in Orono on Monday about the proposed North Woods National Monument (Mark Picard)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The director of the National Park Service was in Maine on Monday to gather public input on the proposed North Woods National Monument. One of those advocating for the National Monument designation is Matt Polstein, who owns the New England Outdoor Center. He says earlier proposa...Read More

Public News Service - ME

Green groups are at the ready for a hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington  concerning the case brought by the coal industry challenging the Clean Power Plan. (AgnosticPreachersKid)

AUGUSTA, Maine – A few weeks from now, environmental groups will be watching closely as the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington hears the coal industry's challenge of President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. The plan places limits on heat trapping carbon dioxide from power plants. The U....Read More

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Local letter carriers are hoping Mainers can outperform themselves again on Saturday in the nation's largest one-day annual food drive. (National Association of Letter Carriers)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Stamp Out Hunger is the nation's largest one-day, charitable food drive, and coming up on Saturday, local letter carriers are hoping Mainers can beat their own record for food donations. Rick DiCecca, regional administrative assistant for the National Association of Letter C...Read More

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It's National Bike Month, and Mainers have the chance to help their children learn the rules of the road and also dust off their own bikes. (Mike Clifford)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's National Bike Month, an opportunity for Mainers to support a fun and environmentally friendly way to get around. Brian Allenby, communications director with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, says there are plenty of reasons for Mainers to dust off their bikes and get back...Read More

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Mainers are urged this week to get their kids outside by getting them to forego the seven hours a day most kids spend watching TVs or computer screens. (Mike Clifford)

AUGUSTA, Maine - With all the smartphones, tablets, computers and video games around, it's easy to forget that there is life beyond a screen. It's Screen-Free Week, a time to rediscover some of the joys of being unplugged. Josh Golin, executive director with the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Ch...Read More

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Maine lawmakers will be busy today dealing with veto messages by Gov. Paul LePage. A bill concerning drug overdose medication is deemed to be a priority. (

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers meet today for a single purpose -- to address vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage -- and there is no shortage of them to consider. Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon said a priority will be trying to overturn the LePage veto of LD 1547, a bill that provides access...Read More

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