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    PNS Daily News- February 12, 20160 


    Here's what we're following: the Clean Power Plan is being put on hold for now but wildlife advocates say that's no reason for states to stop making changes, more people are being exonerated in the United States and Albert Einstein made a prediction over a century ago, and he was right.

Public News Service - Maine

Backers of a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Maine say they have 60,000 more than the required signatures and look forward to being on the November ballot when lots of young Mainers should be headed to the polls. (RegulateMaine.org)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The nation will be watching New England on Tuesday to see how the presidential candidates fare in the New Hampshire primary, and backers of a Maine ballot proposal hope to ride a wave of young voter turnout in November. David Boyer, manager of the Campaign to Regulate Mariju...Read More

Public News Service - ME

Action by the National Marie Fisheries Service will expand protected waters in the Gulf of Maine for the right whale, which is more endangered than Siberian tigers or pandas. (NMFS/NOAA)

BANGOR, Maine - Advocates for wildlife are calling it a lifeline that will protect the most endangered whales on earth - off the coast of New England and beyond. The National Marine Fisheries Service is extending the boundaries in the North Atlantic for the critically endangered right whale by appro...Read More

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Maine ranks tops in New England in a new report on best states for retirees. It is still expensive to live in Maine, but the state also offers plenty quality of life. (Mike Clifford)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is tops in New England in a new report that sizes up the best states to live for retirees. The survey by the personal finance website WalletHub ranked Maine 30th in the nation, and the best state in New England for people to spend their retirement years. Wallethub analyst Ji...Read More

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A new report says the racial wealth gap is growing and low-income families need action to help them save. (Mike Clifford)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The goal is to make it easier for low-income families to save and a new brief is urging Congress to get involved. The Annie E. Casey Foundation brief finds that the racial wealth gap in America is growing. The Foundation's senior associate Beadsie Woo says the net worth of white h...Read More

Public News Service - ME

It is now up to Maine's secretary of state to certify a ballot petition that was supported by more than 75,000 signatures last week. The proposal would boost the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. (Mainers for Fair Wages).

AUGUSTA, Maine - When Maine voters head to the polls to elect a new president this fall, they also will likely be turning thumbs up or down on a proposal to raise the minimum wage. Andrew Francis, deputy communications director with the Maine Peoples's Alliance, says all that remains is for the se...Read More

Public News Service - ME

Governor Paul LePage issued an apology Friday, but Maine organizers says it fell short of meeting the charge that he had injected race into a critical issue, dealing with the heroin epidemic. (Governor's Office Photo)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Governor Paul LePage says it was a slip of the tongue, but local organizers say his apology falls short when it comes to the charge that he injected race into the discussion of the state's heroin epidemic. Portland human-rights organizer Cait Vaughan says there is a pattern to so...Read More

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It's great news for animals in Maine. The latest nationwide rankings for animal-protection laws lists Maine third in the nation for protecting animals. (ALDF).

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine scores among the best states in the nation for animals in a new report that ranks protection laws in all 50 states. Lora Dunn, a staff attorney in the Animal Legal Defense Fund's criminal justice program, is co-author of the report. It compares the overall strength and compre...Read More

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Could you bank here, too? A campaign is urging the Postmaster General to establish low-cost financial services in the nation's 30,000 U.S. Post Offices. (Mike Clifford)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Most people don't think of the Post Office as a place to cash a paycheck, but a coalition of national consumer, labor and civic organizations wants to change that. The group has delivered petitions with more than 150,000 signatures urging Postmaster General Megan Brennan to ...Read More

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