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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 - ME: Endangered Species & Wildlife

People who catch lobster for a living have opposed tighter regulations on fishing gear, even though some of the gear jeopardizes critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. (NOAA)

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Emergency action is being requested to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. The Pew Charitable Trusts petitioned Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross yesterday to do more to save the fewer than 400 North Atlantic right whales, many off New England shores. Peter

The proposed transmission corridor would intersect the Appalachian Trail three times. (mahout/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Environmentalists say the Land Use Planning Commission's decision to certify a proposed power transmission corridor through Maine forests disregards the enormous harm it would do. The proposed corridor would carry hydroelectric power from Quebec to Massachusetts along a route thr

North Atlantic right whales get caught in lobster and crab fishing lines, preventing them from swimming, diving or feeding normally. (Photo courtesy NOAA)

PORTLAND, Maine — Researchers say conservationists and the fishing industry must work together to save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Only about 400 of these whales are left living in the wild, and scientists say human activity is to blame for their decline. Ship strik

According to the Center for Coastal Studies, at least eight right whales already have been found dead this year. (NOAA)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some in Maine feel new federal regulations to protect the right whale will hurt the lobster industry the state relies on. But researchers and conservationists say immediate, drastic action is needed to keep the species from going extinct. Experts say only about 400 right wha

Acadia National Park has received funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. (OakleyOriginals/Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's budget proposal recommends gutting more than 95% of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Nonetheless, a House Appropriations Subcommittee is deciding today how to spend the money. For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has received up to

Maine fishermen caught close to 120 million pounds of lobster in 2018 and more than 100 million every year since 2011. (adamparent/Adobe Stock)

BAR HARBOR, Maine – While the U.S. lobster industry is booming in Maine, some of its fishing methods are hurting a special group – the North Atlantic right whales. The whales number slightly more than 400 and are facing extinction. Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin

The town of Jackman, which just voted to oppose the CMP transmission line, is located on Maine's border with Canada. (Wbaron/Wikimedia Commons)

JACKMAN, Maine — The town of Jackman has joined a growing number of places and organizations that oppose the proposed Central Maine Power transmission line. But public pressure may not be the biggest problem CMP is facing. The transmission line, known as the "New England Clean Energy Connect

The proposed transmission line would cross 263 wetlands, 115 streams and 12 waterfowl habitat areas. (digihanger/pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine — On Wednesday, the public will have a chance to speak out about a proposed power transmission line that would run through Maine to carry power from Canada to Massachusetts. The Public Utilities Commission is holding a public hearing on Central Maine Power's proposal to build

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