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PNS Daily Newscast - July 9, 2020 


VP Pence backs Trump on getting kids back to school as U.S. coronavirus cases top 3 million; PA state lawmakers call for a "just" economic recovery.

2020Talks - July 9, 2020 


The Green Party nominating convention begins today. The Supreme Court makes its final rulings this week; today, the case is whether Trump's tax returns will be released.

Public News Service - ME: Environment

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

Passamaquoddy Bay runs between Passamaquoddy tribal land in Maine and Canada. One of the main sources of contention in the act is natural resources rights. (Jay Woodworth/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine is considering whether to revise its legal relationship with American Indian nations -- but two recent public hearings show a rough road ahead. Maine treats tribal nations as municipalities rather than sovereign nations, which is unique among the states. Now, the Maine Le

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

Maine Aqua Ventus is currently evaluating the first floating wind turbine technology in the Americas. (Maine Aqua Ventus)

ORONO, Maine -- Soon, Maine could have the first floating wind farm in the Americas. Central Maine Power Company recently signed a 20-year contract with Maine Aqua Ventus, which plans to build two floating wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the U

Storm damaged trees can create potentially dangerous situations for homeowners and neighbors. (Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine – In the aftermath of a windstorm that left Maine's coastal counties littered with downed trees, limbs, and branches, and thousands of people without power, experts say homeowners should do what they can now to prevent tree hazards this winter. Jan Santerre, who coordinates Pr

Scientists say the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world’s oceans. (Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Maine — As much of the East Coast experiences unseasonably warm fall temperatures, scientists studying the Gulf of Maine point to its rapid warming as a "sneak preview" of what climate change might mean for other parts of the globe. Chief Scientific Officer at the Gulf of Maine Res

Maine boasts 5,400 miles of mainland and island coastline, 88% of which is privately owned. (Flickr/Sunset Sailor)

ORONO, Maine – State lawmakers in Maine have struck down a bill that would have protected the rights of workers to harvest rockweed in intertidal zones. In most states, intertidal land is public, but in Maine, it belongs to the person who owns the land up to the shore, and many of those lando

In addition to Maine's LD 955, the U.S. Senate also is considering legislation to ban oil and gas drilling off the New England coast. (Dan/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate overwhelmingly passed an offshore-drilling ban on Tuesday by a vote of 31-4. The next step for LD 955 is Gov. Janet Mills' desk. The legislation would limit oil and gas exploration and drilling within state waters, which also would make it difficult for Trump admin

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