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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2018 


Robert Muller now expected to reveal findings of his probe right after the November Midterm Elections. Also on the Thursday rundown: the poorest people pay the highest taxes in states like Nevada; and the terminator fights gerrymandering.

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Public News Service - ME: Health Issues

The prices of name-branded drugs commonly used by older adults rose 8.4 percent last year. (freegr/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Huge price increases for prescription drugs are concerns that Maine voters over 50 want political candidates to address. A report from the AARP Public Policy Institute found the cost of brand-name drugs most commonly used by older adults rose by 8.4 percent last year, four t

More than half of older Mainers are concerned they won't be able to afford the health care they need, a new AARP survey shows. (pexels)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine's most active voters want political candidates to address their concerns about health care and retirement security, according to a new survey from AARP. Older Americans are more likely to go to the polls than younger voters, and the survey shows they will hold candidat

The ruling could affect more than 1,000 active and retired coal-ash ponds nationwide. (USFWS)

AUGUSTA, Maine — A federal appeals court has ruled that Environmental Protection Agency rules governing coal-ash pits do not adequately protect from toxic pollution flowing into rivers and streams. The Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., has ordered the EPA to revise the Obama-era rule to

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

While rallies such as this one in support of the Affordable Care Act in 2017 helped save it, expect more rallies and protests as court battles over its protections heat up. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It promises to be a long, bumpy road ahead for the Department of Justice, which essentially is arguing against the Affordable Care Act in federal court where DOJ attorneys usually defend federal policies. The Trump administration opposes provisions in the ACA, passed during

Previous attempts to defund Planned Parenthood have sparked protests nationwide. (Fibonacci Blue (CC by 2.0)/Flickr)

WICASSET, Maine – If President Donald Trump's new effort succeeds to impose a so-called gag rule on family planning centers, access to women's health care centers across New England would be drastically reduced. On Friday, the Trump administration started the rule-making process to bar famil

Medicaid expansion would help an estimated 70,000 Maine residents access health-care services. (Parentingupstream/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Maine are asking the courts to force Gov, Paul LePage to implement the program approved by voters last year. LePage vetoed legislative attempts to enact the expansion, which advocates say would help an estimate 70,000 Mainers access health care.

The U.S. Surgeon General urges drug users and their families to keep naloxone on hand. (PublicDomainPictures)

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill to expand access to a drug-overdose treatment is awaiting action by Gov. Paul LePage. The governor has vetoed other bills to expand access to naloxone without a prescription. LePage wants to limit naloxone access to people 21 years of age and older, but Legislative Document

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