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    PNS Daily News - March 3, 20150 


    Today’s news features stories from coast to coast including: the Supreme Court to decide the fate of Obamacare subsidies; oil transport issues front and center in the west; and research points to one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict.

Public News Service - Maine

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

Public News Service - ME

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new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says the government's poverty index was created in the 1960s and is now is out-of-date.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

Public News Service - ME

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

Public News Service - ME

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: LetsMove.gov.

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

Public News Service - ME

PHOTO: A revitalized downtown and Mill District of Biddeford is one of the success stories in a new report that says Maine's nonprofit organizations contribute an estimated $10 billion to the state's economy. Photo credit: Tomasso/Wikimedia Commons

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Maine's nonprofits profit Maine. That's the takeaway from a biennial report on the status of the nonprofit sector in the Pine Tree State. According to the Maine Association of Nonprofits, the state's nonprofit organizations contribute an estimated $10 billion to the state's eco...Read More

Public News Service - ME

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on proposed rules to update standards for ground-level ozone that impact Maine. Photo credit: Jeffrey B. Ferland/Wikimedia Commons

PORTLAND, Maine – Because of Maine's location and the prevailing west-to-east winds, the state's unfortunate nickname in some quarters is the tailpipe of the nation, and public hearings on smog control are of great interest to some in the Pine Tree State. At issue is how the nation should up...Read More

Public News Service - ME

PHOTO: Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. Photo credit: tpsdave/Pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, despite the EPA's delay of the new rules. The plan would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030...Read More

Public News Service - ME

PHOTO: Maine's smoking-prevention efforts are ahead of most states, according to a national report that ranks it seventh in the nation for the amount spent on prevention and cessation programs, but advocates say much more could be accomplished. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

AUGUST, Maine - The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has Maine ranked at number seven in the nation. John Schachter, director of communications with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says that puts Maine near the top for what states spend, al...Read More

Public News Service - ME

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