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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2019 


Could the nation’s airports be the next pressure points in the government shutdown? Also on our Monday rundown: Calls go out to improve food safety; and a new report renews calls for solutions to Detroit’s water woes.

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Public News Service - ME: Urban Planning/Transportation

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

A Maine car dealer is among those voicing opposition to the EPA proposal to put a rollback of clean-air and fuel-efficiency standards back on the table. (futureatlas.com/Flickr)

LEWISTON, Maine – The Environmental Protection Agency wants to reopen its review of fuel-efficiency requirements, but the owner of car dealerships all across Maine says that move would benefit automakers at the expense of consumers and taxpayers. Adam Lee, who heads up Lee Auto Malls, says t

Encouraging Augusta businesses to add more benches near stores is one way local communities are working to make their cities and towns more age-friendly. (AARP Maine).

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine leads the nation when it comes to communities that encourage residents to remain active and socially engaged through local initiatives benefiting Mainers of all ages. Patricia Oh, an age-friendly consultant for AARP Maine, works with communities big and small to help

A former woolen mill in Berwick is now providing much-needed senior housing, through an EPA brownfields cleanup loan. (EPA)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just handed out $10 million in funds to help communities clean up sites that may have been polluted or contain hazardous waste. Urban planners call these sites brownfields. Frank Gardner, brownfields coordinator for EPA Region 1, said

It's National Bike Month, and Mainers have the chance to help their children learn the rules of the road and also dust off their own bikes. (Mike Clifford)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's National Bike Month, an opportunity for Mainers to support a fun and environmentally friendly way to get around. Brian Allenby, communications director with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, says there are plenty of reasons for Mainers to dust off their bikes and get back

While the Memorial Bridge was taken out of service in 2011, a new report finds more than 360 bridges in Maine in need of repair or upgrade. Credit: JayDuck Wikipedia Commons.

AUGUSTA, Maine - If your morning commute takes you across a bridge in Maine, a new report finds that you could be traveling across a span that is likely to have more structural issues than your neighbors' bridges in other New England states. Alison Black, chief economist for the American Road and T

PHOTO: A new National Priorities Project analysis finds the Obama budget does a better job than House and Senate proposals to fund programs Americans say they most care about in recent polls. Credit: White House Photo.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A new analysis sizes-up proposed national budgets from the House, Senate and Obama administration, and examines what those competing budgets mean for Maine and the nation. Lindsay Koshgarian is the research director for the New England-based National Priorities Project. She says t

PHOTO: A revitalized downtown and Mill District of Biddeford is one of the success stories in a new report that says Maine's nonprofit organizations contribute an estimated $10 billion to the state's economy. Photo credit: Tomasso/Wikimedia Commons

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Maine's nonprofits profit Maine. That's the takeaway from a biennial report on the status of the nonprofit sector in the Pine Tree State. According to the Maine Association of Nonprofits, the state's nonprofit organizations contribute an estimated $10 billion to the state's eco

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