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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Public News Service - ME: Public Lands/Wilderness

In 2016, tourism generated an estimated $275 million for gateway communities to Maine's four national parks. (TravelUSA/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – National parks in Maine and other states would get some much needed upkeep under a new bill in Congress. The National Park Restoration Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, would help address the national parks maintenance backlog of more than $11 billion, through m

Proposed EPA cuts come as the administration calls for offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast. (bones64/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Proposed cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would put air and water quality in Maine at risk, according to an environmental advocacy group. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would cut the EPA's budget by 34 percent, almost $3 billion less than 2017 fundin

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is on a leaked report from U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of monuments that could be reduced in size. (U.S. Dept. of the Interior)

AUGUSTA, Maine – From Maine to California, hundreds of small businesses are speaking up on behalf of some of the country's most treasured places. Nearly 600 businesses and chambers of commerce on Thursday sent a letter asking the head of the National Economic Council to encourage the Trump Adm

An early review of thousands of comments shows Maine residents overwhelmingly support maintaining the status of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. (TR Kelley/Wikimedia Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Monday is the last day for the public to comment on the future of Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and 25 other national monuments that are under review by the U.S. Interior Department. Mainers don't need to wait to learn the outcome, however, because the numbe

John Hafford of Millinocket is a member of a delegation calling on members of Congress to support national monuments, including the Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument in Maine. (J. Hafford)

WASHINGTON – Supporters of national monuments are in Washington Thursday to try to fend off efforts by the Trump administration to downsize what defenders call national treasures. Among those in the nation's capital is Mainer John Hafford, co-owner of Designlab and a monument supporter. He

A congressional committee heard testimony on Tuesday from Gov. Paul LePage, who raised questions about the value of designating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. (J. Sheaffer)

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Maine Gov. Paul LePage fired another shot on Tuesday in the nation's capital against the recently-designated Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. LePage was among several who testified before a congressional committee that is examining presidential authority to cre

Mainers who hike and enjoy the outdoors will have greater access to forests under a measure that comes up for a hearing Tuesday. (Chris Shane).

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Lawmakers will hold a hearing Tuesday on a measure that would establish priorities for Public Reserved Lands to provide better access for outdoor enthusiasts. Eliza Donoghue, policy advocate and outreach coordinator for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said they are partic

A broad based coalition is urging Sen. Susan Collins to join Sen. Angus King in opposing the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. (Natural Resources Council of Maine)

AUGUSTA, Maine – With a vote possible as early as this week, environmental advocates are urging both of Maine's U.S. senators to unite in opposition to President Donald Trump's EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt. The Trump transition team calls Pruitt an expert in Constitutional law, with a deep unde

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