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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - ME: Social Justice

According to AARP Maine, nearly 180-thousand people care for a family member, about 13% of the state's population. (Sabine van Erp/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- A bill that would provide a tax credit for family caregivers in Maine is getting a public hearing Thursday at the State House. The bill, HP 1367, is supposed to help low and moderate income earners providing at least 150 hours of caregiving a year to a loved one. Rep. Kristen Cl

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

Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis is part of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act. (University of Maine bio)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine could soon revise its legal relationship with American Indian nations. Maine treats tribal nations as municipalities rather than sovereign nations, which is unique among the states. Today, a task force votes on modifying the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Houlton Station operated an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 95 last week. (Customs and Border Protection)

BANGOR, Maine – Some drivers and passengers were annoyed, others angry and afraid when they were stopped last week by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents as the travelers headed south on I-95 in Penobscot County. They weren't allowed to proceed until they said where they were bor

Mainers who took part in this week's International Day of Peace say violence is the go-to solution for too many issues both at home and across the globe. (Christina Diebold)

BANGOR, Maine - Communities across New England and the globe are marking the United Nations International Day of Peace this week, and in Maine the focus is on young people. This is the fourth year advocates and faith groups have marched and rallied to "End Violence Together" during International P

Responding to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., Mainers turned out Sunday to take a stand against racism and white supremacy. (Maine People's Alliance)

PORTLAND, Maine -- Mainers took a stand against racism and white supremacy on Sunday, gathering in Payson Park in Portland on Sunday, to mourn the three lives lost in Charlottesville, Virginia, and to send a message against racism and white supremacy. Local unions co-sponsored the action, which wa

Vice President Mike Pence is expressing certainty that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed, but progressives in Maine aren't so sure. (Ken Hammond/Wikimedia)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Vice President Mike Pence over the weekend warned Democrats not to block President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, at one point calling Judge Neil Gorsuch, "one of the most mainstream, accepted and exceptionally qualified nominees in history.” But advocates for women, the LGBT

There was cause for celebration for supporters of Question 4, as the state minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour over the weekend. (Maine AFL-CIO)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine joined Arizona, Colorado and Washington state over the weekend in boosting its state minimum wage after successful ballot initiatives. In Maine, the minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour starting on Saturday, and will increase each year by $1 per hour until it reaches $12

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