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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - MD: Consumer

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the state includes a controversial proposal to widen the Capital Beltway and add toll lanes. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland's climate action plan, which was released in October by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, will not help the state reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 44% by 2030 as promised, according to a new report. Scott Williamson is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Climate Strategi

Pollution from the Chesapeake Bay watershed reaches Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- An almost $1.5 trillion spending plan the Senate is set to vote on Thursday includes a dramatic 16% budget increase for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, according to Jason Rano, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's federal executive director. If the bill passes, Rano says the Environme

Children and young people are being bombarded with tobacco industry marketing for flavored e-cigarettes. (Adobe stock)

BALTIMORE – As the number of vaping related illnesses continues to rise, Maryland is looking to join five other states in banning the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes. The legislation is sponsored in the House of Delegates by Prince George's County Democrat Dereck Davis and is planned for

A new report makes a compelling case that the oil industry was aware of the effects of fossil fuel on climate change, but allegedly deceived the public about it for decades. (Adobe stock)

WASHINGTON – The first ever congressional hearing on Big Oil's history of climate denial is Wednesday. Led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and co-chaired by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the hearing aims to show that more than 40 years ago, oil industry research proved that burning fos

Maryland's Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is one of 18 national park sites in the state that is in dire need of maintenance. (National Park Service)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Among registered voters, 82% say they want Congress to pass laws to fund a backlog of repairs for national parks and monuments, according to a new poll from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Park Service needs almost $12 billion worth of deferred maintenance across more than 40

This month, Maryland became the first state in the country to establish a prescription drug affordability board to help rein in drug prices. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A new bill introduced by Maryland's U.S. senators to lower skyrocketing drug prices was left off as an amendment to another Senate bill passed last week on drug pricing. But Democrats Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen say they'll continue to push for bipartisan support for the

A wind farm planned off the Maryland coast will provide more than 10 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, according to the Danish company behind the project. (Max Topchii/Adobe Stock)

OCEAN CITY, Md. – A long-planned wind farm off the coast of Ocean City moved closer to reality this week with the announcement that a new staging area is being built at the Port of Baltimore. Wind turbines will be assembled at the port and then shipped out to sea. The Skipjack Wind Farm s

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BALTIMORE – Lower-income Baltimore neighborhoods and small businesses are getting a boost from a loan program that's tailored to their needs. The Baltimore Community Foundation's impact investing program has brought almost $4 million to local businesses and organizations in the past year.

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