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    PNS Daily News - April 20, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a report from Florida on the ongoing impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which happened five years ago today; and Congress is considering reauthorizing a program which helps fund everything from soccer fields to national forests; and a flu outbreak has dog owners in Michigan worried.

Public News Service - Maine

PHOTO: Conservation groups give Congress an "F" on the environment and say the first 100 days in the U.S. Senate was a prime example of that failure. Photo credit: C-Span.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Environmental groups in Maine and across the nation are giving Congress a failing grade on the environment. Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, says that failing grade especially is true for the first 100 days in the U.S. Senate under Majority Lea...Read More

Public News Service - ME

PHOTO: Hilton Hotels in Maine and around the globe announced they are going to start to eliminate the use of cages for hen-laying chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs from its worldwide supply chain. Photo credit: Mike Clifford

AUGUSTA, Maine - Hilton Worldwide, one of the largest resort and hotel chains in the world, has announced it will eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for breeding pigs from its global supply chain. This is a major victory for animal welfare, says Josh Balk, senior fo...Read More

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PHOTO: While the Memorial Bridge was taken out of service in 2011, a new report finds more than 360 bridges in Maine in need of repair or upgrade. Photo credit: JayDuck Wikipedia Commons.

AUGUSTA, Maine - If your morning commute takes you across a bridge in Maine, a new report finds that you could be traveling across a span that is likely to have more structural issues than your neighbors' bridges in other New England states. Alison Black, chief economist for the American Road and T...Read More

Public News Service - ME

PHOTO: After this year's harsh winter, home improvement and repair scams are raking in billions across the nation, including in Maine. Consumer advocates caution homeowners to do their homework and investigate contractors before they do any work. Photo Credit: Mike Clifford.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Homes all across New England have weathered a rough winter, and many are now in need of repair. That's why local consumer watchdogs are warning residents to beware of scam artists offering steep home repair discounts. Former FBI Agent Bob Denz says scam artists usually say they "ha...Read More

Public News Service - ME

PHOTO: A new report crunched data from millions of online job postings by state and ranks Maine at 31st in the nation for college graduates' odds of landing a job there. Photo credit: Mike Clifford.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new report places Maine in the middle of the pack if you're a college graduate looking for a state with the best odds of landing a job. The report from the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce crunched data from millions of online job postings nationwide. Report author Dr...Read More

Public News Service - ME

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

Public News Service - ME

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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