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PNS Daily Newscast - June 19, 2019 


President Trump kicks off his reelection campaign. Also on today's rundown: A Maryland clergyman testifies in Congress on reparations for slavery; and how a reinstated travel ban will affect cultural crossovers between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Public News Service - ME: Climate Change/Air Quality

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

Gov. Janet Mills' climate bill is the most ambitious in more than a decade for tackling the effects of climate change in Maine. (Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine would take an ambitious turn to fight climate change with a new bill announced Tuesday by Gov. Janet Mills. The goals of LR 2478 are to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. According to the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the governor's plan includ

Maine has public-health advisories against eating fish from 14 bodies of water contaminated with mercury. (pxhere)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Do your job, protect our kids. That's the message dozens of mothers from 15 states took to Washington, D.C., this week. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rolling back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, that limit hazardous pollution emissions from coal-fi

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

Warmer temperatures have led to increased tick populations and more Lyme disease. (CDC/Wikimedia Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Climate change already is raising temperatures, and that's having a big impact in Maine and around the country. The new "Safeguarding Summer" report from the National Wildlife Federation outlined a variety of negative effects on summer activities everywhere. It said one effect of r

Floating wind turbines could be deployed farther offshore where winds are stronger. (hpgruesen/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine's Public Utilities Commission may be set to scuttle another offshore wind energy project. Citing higher electricity costs to consumers, the commission says it wants to reopen a contract for a University of Maine test project that would construct two wind turbines on fl

Eight in 10 voters in a new survey support Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, opposed by Gov. Paul LePage.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new poll shows Mainers are not in sync with Gov. Paul LePage when it comes to the environment. Most voters want to replace him with a candidate who supports land conservation and clean energy when they vote in the primary on June 12. Pete Didisheim, advocacy director with t

Supporters of LD 1444 say the Maine PUC rule would make ratepayers pay for the solar power they are generating themselves. (RoyBuri/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – With a shift of six votes, the Maine House of Representatives on Thursday upheld Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a solar-energy bill – but the battle isn't over. The final tally was two votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override. The bill, LD 1444, would prev

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