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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - ME: Energy Policy

Supporters of LD 1444 say the Maine PUC rule would make ratepayers pay for the solar power they are generating themselves. (RoyBuri/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – With a shift of six votes, the Maine House of Representatives on Thursday upheld Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a solar-energy bill – but the battle isn't over. The final tally was two votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override. The bill, LD 1444, would prev

The proposed power line would cut through 50 miles of forest, and cross 263 wetlands and 115 streams. (SnapStock/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Environmental groups are challenging an electric transmission line proposal that was rejected by New Hampshire and now has been shifted to a route through Maine. The "New England Clean Energy Connect" project would carry power from Hydro-Quebec in Canada to Massachusetts. It

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

The plan proposes opening 90 percent of U.S. coastal waters to oil and gas development. (catmoz/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Environmental groups say the federal public meeting on a proposal to allow oil and gas drilling in Atlantic waters isn't really a hearing. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management event had been scheduled for January but was postponed when the budget impasse in Washington force

Regionally, RGGI has produced at least $5.7 billion in clean air health benefits.  (byrev/Pixabay.com)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine is now committed to making even deeper cuts in carbon pollution from power plants. Legislation passed unanimously by the Maine Legislature went into effect at midnight Tuesday, reauthorizing the state's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – or R

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

This year's Polar Bear Dip and Dash promises to be the coldest yet. (Natural Resources Council of Maine)

PORTLAND, Maine – Intrepid runners will be ringing out the old year this Sunday by taking a dip in icy waters to raise money for the fight against climate change. With temperatures expected to be right around zero-degrees Fahrenheit, it promises to be the coldest Polar Bear Dip yet. The annu

The solar industry is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in Maine. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Implementation of a new rule for calculating electric bills for customers with wind or solar power has been delayed, but conservation groups say it would hurt families and businesses. The Public Utilities Commission announced Tuesday that the rule, originally set to go into

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