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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - ME: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

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

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

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

A map of which communities will be asked to answer the census online (in purple), and those that can fill it out online or via paper mail (in green). (U.S. Census Bureau)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The 2020 Census Committee in Maine met for the first time on Thursday to strategize how to reach Mainers in a new, online format – and in a state that's quite rural. While most folks in 'down-east' Maine will need to fill out the census forms online, much of the state

Maine was the only state in the Northeast that blocked Medicaid expansion, which explains part of why it had the highest rate of children who were uninsured in the region last year. (LMMiller9/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine had the highest rate of uninsured children in the Northeast in 2018, according to new findings. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families released a report today that detailed how larger numbers of children have been uninsured since 2016, reversing a nearly d

Acadia National Park has received funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. (OakleyOriginals/Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's budget proposal recommends gutting more than 95% of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Nonetheless, a House Appropriations Subcommittee is deciding today how to spend the money. For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has received up to

For every 100 extremely low-income households in Maine, only 52 homes are affordable and available.  (larissal1234/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Maine - There's a severe shortage of affordable rental housing for extremely low-income households across the United States, and according to a new report, Maine is no exception. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition defines "extremely low" incomes as those at or below the poverty lev

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