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PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 


Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - ME: Rural/Farming

Maine is considered the most rural state in the country. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, advocated for specific rural funding in the HEROES Act, which wasn't included in the CARES Act. (Wolfpoint/Creative Commons)

RUMFORD, Maine - Rural communities in Maine are watching Congress to see if they'll fare better with getting federal economic relief than they have so far. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act new coronavirus relief bill, passed two weeks ago in the U.S. House, but is s

Maine ranked as the most rural state in the nation in 2010, according to census data. This has posed a challenge in bringing high-speed internet to much of the state. (Henry Gartley/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Backers of two broadband bills hope to improve the state of internet service in Maine, one of the most rural states in the country. A general bill encouraging the development of broadband coverage in rural Maine will get a public hearing this morning at the Statehouse. State Senat

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's North Woods, the largest undeveloped forest in the Eastern U.S., could be affected by proposed changes to a state zoning law. (ThomasRobertKelley/Wikimedia Commons)

BREWER, Maine — Proposed zoning law changes could dramatically impact rural areas of Maine, including the state's vast forestland. A public hearing on Jan. 8 in Brewer will explore whether to change the "adjacency principle," which limits where new zones for subdivisions or businesses can be l

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

Consumers are making it clear they want more organic food on the shelves. (Maine Organic Farming)

AUGUSTA, Maine – A measure pending in Congress could provide a spark for organic farmers in Maine. The bill would dramatically boost funding for organic farming research. Ted Quaday, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, says this nationwide effort is b

Maine farmers were busy this weekend, with a tractor parade in Augusta to help fight hunger. Maine has the most farms in New England, but is also tops in food insecurity. (NightThree/Wikimedia Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine farmers stepped up to help fight hunger this weekend with a parade from the Augusta Food Bank to the State Capitol. There are just over 8,000 farms in Maine, and Alicyn Smart, executive director at the Maine Farm Bureau, said it's a cruel irony that more than 200,000 Mainer

PHOTO: A new poll conducted after the midterm elections indicates a majority of voters in six of the so-called battleground states want action on the climate crisis, regardless of which way they voted. The Sierra Club believes the same would hold true for Maine voters. Photo credit: pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – No matter which side of the political aisle they were on and no matter which way their elections went three weeks ago, voters in six of the so-called battleground states want elected office holders to work on the climate crisis, according to a Hart Research poll commissioned

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