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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Public News Service - Maine

Consumer advocates suggest Mainers do a little bit of homework before they head into the Black Friday shopping crowds. Credit: M. Clifford

AUGUSTA, Maine – It is prime time for holiday shopping today and as Mainers prepare to face the crowds in search of the best Black Friday bargains consumer advocates say a little homework is in order. Paula Fleming, vice president of communications with the Maine and Eastern Massachusetts, B...Read More

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A plan is pending before the Public Utilities Commission from Efficiency Maine that advocates say will save consumers and businesses an estimated $870 billion in energy costs. Courtesy: Natural Resources Council of Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - A three-year energy efficiency plan is pending that could save Maine consumers and businesses nearly a billion dollars in energy costs. Former Public Advocate Stephen Ward says the plan, which was adopted last week by Efficiency Maine's Board of Trustees, will help Maine homes an...Read More

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Maine's first lady Ann LePage is the keynote speaker Tuesday at an event to raise awareness for National Home Care and Hospice Month. Courtesy: Office of Gov. Paul LePage

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's National Home Care and Hospice Month, and local advocates are using November to get the word out about end-of-life care and treatment options. Kandyce Powell, executive director of Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care, says people are naturally fearful ...Read More

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Maine was once a leader in ensuring health coverage for kids, but a new report finds the state is lagging behind other New England states in providing coverage. Credit: Skeeze/Pixabay.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine continues to fall behind other New England states when it comes to getting health insurance to children. A new report from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families ranks Maine 37th in the nation for kids without health insurance. Claire Berkowitz, executive direc...Read More

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A new poll, conducted after the killing of Cecil the lion in Africa, finds a majority of U.S. voters also oppose trophy hunting for bears in the United States in places such as Maine. Courtesy: HSUS

AUGUSTA, Maine – A new poll shows Americans are turning thumbs down on trophy hunting by a two-to-one margin. And the same poll also sends a clear message about trophy hunting in states such as Maine. Sixty-four percent of U.S. voters told a Humane Society of the United States poll that th...Read More

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Supporters vow to continue the fight for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Credit: Erin McDaniel via Wikimedia Commons

AUGUSTA, Maine – Last week, for the first time in 50 years, Congress did not reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Local supporters say the fund is down, but not out. Stephanie Clement, conservation director of the environmental group Friends of Acadia, calls the fund an impor...Read More

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A measure is pending in the U.S. Senate and there is a big debate over whether it will make GMO food labeling safer, or make it less transparent. Credit: Mike Clifford

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters say the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, pending before the U.S. Senate, will continue voluntary reporting of genetically engineered foods, but opponents say it will leave Maine consumers in the dark. The bill already has passed the U.S. House, but there is no stoppi...Read More

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Zach Wolzich and 9-year-old daughter Samantha met with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to ask Congress to protect the carbon pollution limits in the EPA Clean Power Plan. Courtesy: Natural Resources Council of Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - It almost sounds like the set-up for a joke – a doctor, an ice fisherman and his daughter walk into a Senate office – but it happened last week, and their topic was the serious issue of carbon pollution. The ice fisherman is Zach Wozich with the Sebago Lake Anglers As...Read More

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