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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 

Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.

2020Talks - September 25, 2020 

Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MD: Consumer

PHOTO: Volunteers planting trees as part of a Green Streets project. Applications are being accepted now for future projects, with funding coming from the EPA, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Photo courtesy of CBT.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A grant program called "Green Streets-Green Jobs-Green Towns" means cash is available throughout the Chesapeake Bay region to support green infrastructure projects. The EPA, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay Trust run the program. The Trus

PHOTO: AARP Maryland advocacy director Tammy Bresnahan testified Wednesday against legislation that would allow gas companies to add surcharges to customer bills without PSC oversight. Photo credit: AARP

BALTIMORE - Gas companies are looking to add a surcharge to monthly bills in Maryland. Instead of doing it through a rate case before the Public Service Commission, they've gone to the Legislature. AARP Maryland is taking issue with the tactic, which lawmakers have rejected twice. Washington Gas m

PHOTO: Maryland Legal Aid agencies are sharing $7 million to help families facing foreclosure. The money comes from the National Mortgage Settlement.

BALTIMORE - More than $7 million will help about 10,000 Marylanders keep their homes. The funds come from the National Mortgage Settlement, money to settle charges of illegal activities by five of the largest mortgage servicers. About half of the state's check, $3.6 million, goes to Maryland Legal A

PHOTO: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is touring areas affected by Hurricane Sandy today.

CRISFIELD, Md. - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., is touring areas hit by Hurricane Sandy today, checking up on how recovery is progressing. Somerset County was hit hard by the storm, with Crisfield suffering the most home damage. Cardin says it's an economically-disadvantaged area, where almost 600 ho

PHOTO: A new guidebook will help project designers in Washington, D.C., incorporate features to minimize runoff, so it doesn't end up overburdening the stormwater-sewage system. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

WASHINGTON - If the rain falls on you, you have to keep it. At least most of it. That's the gist of the rules dealing with rainwater runoff in Washington, D.C. Program manager Greg Hoffman at the Center for Watershed Protection in Baltimore explains that storm water picks up pollutants and sedimen

PHOTO: USGS is testing rivers and streams for nutrients, pesticides and sediment associated with Hurricane Sandy. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BALTIMORE - Water samples are being collected this week in rivers and streams in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has gathered several rounds of samples to check nutrient, sediment and pesticide levels, which could have been affected by the storm. Project coordinator

PHOTO: ReServists use their career skills to help their local community's needs. Courtesy of ReServe, Inc.

BALTIMORE - Retirement is taking on new meaning for those in the 55-plus set. Polling from AARP shows most retirees plan to work during retirement, and Marylanders have a new resource to help connect them to part-time jobs - while using their career skills to help their communities. ReServe Marylan

GRAPHIC: The Little Things for Cancer Logo.

COLUMBIA, Md. - Everyday details can get lost in the whirlwind of cancer treatment. Paying bills, cooking dinner, child care and transportation can cause stress for patients and their families. A local organization is there to make life easier for them, however. Wendy Letow, founder of The Little T

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