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PNS Daily Newscast - July 10, 2020 


The Supreme Court opens the door for prosecutors to seek President Trump's financial records; a backlash in Florida on school reopening plans.

2020Talks - July 10, 2020 


US Supreme Court rules on Trump's tax returns; Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP's in-person convention; Louisiana has elections; and DC council gives people incarcerated for felonies the right to vote.

Public News Service - ME: Livable Wages/Working Families

This Maine Seacoast Mission pantry in Cherryfield has expanded its hours to serve more people since the COVID-19 pandemic. (Maine Seacoast Mission/Facebook)

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Demand for emergency food from food pantries is up around 50% in Maine since the COVID-19 outbreak. And when you live on an island, it can be that much harder to get. The Maine Seacoast Mission has gotten creative to deliver groceries to people on the islands who need them. T

According to federal OSHA guidelines, hair salons are

TOPSHAM, Maine -- Maine is one of the first states to reopen hair salons, but so far, many who work in salons say it hasn't been worth it. On May 1, Maine included hair salons in its first phase of business reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown. While many were eager to open, some salon owners hav

Houlton Regional Hospital in rural Aroostook County had to announce pay cuts between 2% and 10% for high- and mid-level salaried employees last week, and one furlough day a month for hourly workers. (Houlton Regional Hospital)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Gov. Janet Mills has announced $10 million in state funding to help Maine hospitals struggling financially in the COVID-19 outbreak. Hospital officials say it's welcome -- but a drop in the bucket. At a Tuesday news conference, Mills said the supplemental financing is from the Mai

More than 21,000 people in Maine filed unemployment claims last week, a more than 3,000% increase over the prior week. More than one third of these claims came from the hospitality sector. (Michael M Stokes/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Janet Mills said at a press conference this week she would not declare an eviction moratorium for the state of Maine, preferring to handle the issue informally. But many Mainers are facing eviction threats. The Maine People's Alliance recently launched Mainers Together, a w

Most individuals receiving Social Security benefits with incomes of less than $75,000 will be eligible for a stimulus check. (Open Grid Scheduler/Grid Engine/Creative Commons)

PORTLAND, Maine -- President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion relief package to help most U.S. residents deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. But the bill doesn't detail how it affects people with disabilities who rely on Social Security disability income. In Maine and elsewhere, this group has among

It is currently illegal in Maine for public employees to strike, including teachers, but labor leaders in the state want to change that. (weaverphoto/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- The Maine chapter of the AFL-CIO has its annual Lobby Day at the State House Thursday. The group will be advocating for a number of working class priorities, including the public sector's right to strike. More than 100 workers from across Maine are expected to participate and me

Seafood is Maine's top export, and it's mostly lobster. The Maine International Trade Center says 14% of these exports go to China. (Gary Cassel/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Maine - President Donald Trump signed the United States/Mexico/Canada Agreement this week - and it could have some impact on Maine as Canada's neighbor. While much of the new agreement is similar to the former treaty known as the North America Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA, one big chang

Employers of hourly workers in Maine have the option of paying them less if they have a disability under the state's subminimum-wage provisions. (Davide Baraldi/Pexels)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- A bill that would ban the subminimum wage for workers with disabilities in Maine gets a public hearing today at the Statehouse. HP 1340 would amend the minimum-wage law so that employers can no longer pay workers less than the state minimum wage because of a disability. Kile Pelle

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