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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2019 


The Trump administration finalizes a coal-friendly emissions rule for power plants. Also on today's rundown: A new development in the debate over the 2020 Census citizenship question; and why "Juneteenth" is an encore celebration in Florida and other states.

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Public News Service - ME: Civic Engagement

The comment period is under way for the draft language for Question 1. Supporters who gathered in Concord last week say the goal is to hold lawmakers accountable to the people. Credit: Jeff Kirlin

AUGUSTA, Maine – The wheels are in motion for Maine voters to take a stand this fall on whether they want to change state law in favor of greater political campaign finance disclosure and more. Andrew Bossie, executive director of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, says Question 1 on the No

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

PHOTO: The Maine Community Foundation, which has lent helping hands to almost every nonprofit organization in the state, will be 32 years old next year. It is commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s first community foundation. Photo credit: Artotem/Flickr.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - America is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first community foundation, begun in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914. Locally, the Maine Community Foundation will be 32 next year. Meredith Jones, president and CEO of the Foundation, says it dates back to a summer resident, Bob Blu

PHOTO: Maine Conservation Voters has issued its annual scorecard showing how each of the state’s legislators voted on seven key environmental issues. The results are mixed. Courtesy MCV<br /><br />

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's environment scored some significant victories in the first half of the 126th legislative session and took some tough losses as well, according to the group Maine Conservation Voters. For the 27th year the group has issued a scorecard grading each state representative and se

AUBURN, Maine - The congressional "super committee" has failed to reach an agreement to cut the federal budget deficit, but the battle over taxes is continuing. At least one Maine business owner says it is time wealthier taxpayers like himself step up and pay more. Jim Wellehan is president of Lam

PORTLAND, Maine - Eliminating same-day voter registration in Maine may not sound like a big deal, but for people with disabilities it can be a real roadblock to participation in elections. Disability advocates say many have been negatively affected, including those with mobility issues. In Novembe

PORTLAND, Maine - Critics of the Patriot Act, passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, say certain provisions of the law need to be amended, because they run counter to the individual liberties spelled out in the Constitution. Zachery Heiden, of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, says he's interested

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