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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


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Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

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YARMOUTH, Maine -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sharing some good news about four overnight camps in Maine, and how they contained COVID-19 outbreaks this summer. Three campers or staff members tested positive in the first week, but the camps isolated them and their peers

Maine is considered the most rural state in the country. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, advocated for specific rural funding in the HEROES Act, which wasn't included in the CARES Act. (Wolfpoint/Creative Commons)

RUMFORD, Maine - Rural communities in Maine are watching Congress to see if they'll fare better with getting federal economic relief than they have so far. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act new coronavirus relief bill, passed two weeks ago in the U.S. House, but is s

State Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby is pushing for a $250 million bond to fund an ambitious student-loan forgiveness program in Maine. (NateLibby.org)

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new bill in Maine is aimed at creating an ambitious student-loan forgiveness program. If someone lives and works in Maine for five years, the state could relieve all their student debt. State Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby recently co-filed Maine Senate Bill 149, which

The Penobscot Nationís natural resources have been important to the Penobscot people for millennia, including in their stories. (Penobscot Nation)

INDIAN ISLAND, Maine – A member of the Penobscot Nation in Maine is trying to save the tribe's native language before it's too late. Carol Dana is publishing a bilingual book with University of Maine Professor Margo Lukens to help preserve the Penobscot language. In the new year, they'll r

The state's largest teachers' union is calling it a

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage raised the possibility of a state teachers' contract during his State of the State message last Tuesday, and the state's largest teachers' union says that it's a hopeful development. LePage has been talking about the need to pay Maine teachers what they're wo

Building robots is part of the work one might find at a library's makerspace. (L.D. Moore)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Most of us have heard of Transformers, and now libraries are transforming so that Mainers can spend their time building robots, instead of just being buried in books. Julie Todaro, president-elect of the National Library Association, says a big part of National Library Week

Public-sector unions, such as the Maine Education Association, can still collect fair-share dues from non-union members thanks to a split-decision ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. (MEA)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's a case that has major impact on public sector unions across the nation, and the Maine Education Association (MEA) is among those applauding the result. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a split decision on Tuesday in a case that had challenged public-sector unions' rights to

It is World Suicide Prevention Day, and training sessions like this one in Brunswick held by NAMI Maine help people identify the warning signs of suicide and take action. Courtesy: NAMI Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - Reaching out and saving lives. That's the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day today, and advocates say Mainers need to pay particular attention. Jenna Menhert, MSW, executive director of NAMI-Maine, says the state ranks number nine in the nation for suicide. She says feelings of

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