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    PNS Daily News - March 31, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including: Opponents want Indiana’s controversial Religious freedom Restoration Act amended or repealed; Older Americans in Phoenix will be voicing their concerns as part of the White House Conference on Aging; controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is expected to show his support today for a state takeover of public lands.

Public News Service - Maine

PHOTO: A new study identifies treatable factors that can prevent chronic kidney disease in children, offering new hope for children in Maine and around the nation battling the disease. Photo credit: Mike Clifford.

AUGUSTA, Maine - New hope is on the horizon for children suffering from chronic kidney disease, thanks to the results of a new study that, for the first time, identifies some of the factors that can lead to kidney failure. Dr. Bradley Warady of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City was the co-pr...Read More

Public News Service - ME

PHOTO: A new National Priorities Project analysis finds the Obama budget does a better job than House and Senate proposals to fund programs Americans say they most care about in recent polls. Credit: White House Photo.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new analysis sizes-up proposed national budgets from the House, Senate and Obama administration, and examines what those competing budgets mean for Maine and the nation. Lindsay Koshgarian is the research director for the New England-based National Priorities Project. She says t...Read More

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PHOTO: More funding is needed for social programs such as Moving from Debts to Assets, according to a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It says the nationís record spending on health care has failed those who need it most, particularly young black men. Photo courtesy of Greater Boston Interfaith Initiative.

PORTLAND, Maine - 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...Read More

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PHOTO: A decision is expected in June by the U.S. Supreme Court that could impact the quality of health care for more than 50,000 consumers in Maine. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

BANGOR, Maine – The nation's highest court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could have serious implications for tens of thousands of people in Maine receiving subsidies through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In King v. Burwell, the justices will decide whether federal health insuranc...Read More

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PHOTO: Gas prices are creeping back up in New England and a new survey shows motorists want their next vehicle to get better gas mileage. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

BANGOR, Maine - Gas prices will go up again. That's the expectation of consumers, according to a recent survey commissioned by the Consumer Federation of America. The survey also reports that car buyers still have an eye on better mileage. The survey finds 86 percent rank fuel efficiency as impor...Read More

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PHOTO: A more modern method to calculate the child poverty rates is outlined in a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report. It effectively drops Maine's child poverty rate from 27 percent to 12 percent, by factoring in families' use of safety-net programs. Photo courtesy of Maine Children's Alliance.

AUGUSTA, Maine - It's being called a better index for measuring poverty because it takes into account the effects of a wide range of anti-poverty programs. A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says the government's poverty index was created in the 1960s and is now is out-of-date. Claire B...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report says Maine residents don't have to worry about reliability of the power grid as the state adopts the EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commmons

AUGUSTA, Maine – It won't be a problem keeping the lights on as Maine adopts the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, according to a new report by a Boston consulting firm that focuses on reliability. Sharon Reishus is an energy industry analyst based in New England and ...Read More

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PHOTO: Maine moved up in the latest Food Research and Action Center report to 15th in the nation for the number of low-income children getting both breakfast and lunch at school. Credit:

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is moving up in the latest national school breakfast report card. The state jumped two notches and now ranks 15th in the Food Research and Action Center report for the number of low-income students who participated in both lunch and breakfast programs last year. Rita Furlow, ...Read More

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