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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: Rural/Farming

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

PHOTO: The Holmes Family of Misty Brook Farm, a Buy/Protect/Sell Project in Albion, was helped by Maine Community Foundationís $1 million loan to Maine Farmland Trust. Photo credit: Greta Rybus/Maine Farmland Trust.

ELLSWORTH, Maine – The Maine Community Foundation is one of the nation's best at finding ways to build community wealth using new approaches, according to a report released today. The report by the Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative names the Ellsworth-based foundation one of the Innovati

PHOTO: Maine is a national leader in land conservation, and a new report is aimed at making sure it stays that way. Photo courtesy of Ryan Neale, Maine Development Foundation.

AUGUSTA, Maine - When it comes to land conservation, Maine is a national leader, coming in second in the U.S. in total acreage preserved for conservation. As a means to keep Maine in the forefront of land conservation, the latest edition of the quarterly Maine Development Foundation report is being

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