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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2020 


COVID-19 reported to be on the rise in more than 30 states; and will Supreme Court nomination tilt U.S. Senate races?


2020Talks - September 21, 2020 


Biden pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump plans to announce his replacement nominee this week. Plus, early voting in four states.

Public News Service - ME: Family/Father Issues

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

Maine has seen a 41.5% drop in opioid prescriptions since 2013. (Tech. Sgt. Mark R.W. Orders-Woempner/U.S. Air Force)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Experts from across the country are in Maine today for the state's first Opioid Response Summit. Gov. Janet Mills will be joined by health-care providers, law enforcement and people affected by the crisis. Though overdose deaths in the state were down from 417 in 2017 to 354

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

Affordable-housing advocates say they aren't giving up the fight for getting a rent-control measure on the local ballot in November. (Bre Chamberlain)

PORTLAND, Maine - Fair-housing advocates delivered 1,000 more signatures than were required, but the Portland City Clerk's Office says the rent-stabilization referendum they're requesting cannot appear on the November ballot. The clerk's office calls it an "honest mistake," saying it only discovere

Senior advocates want lawmakers to consider measures that will help the growing number of older Mainers age comfortably in their own homes and communities. (AARP-Maine)

AUGUSTA, Maine – As state lawmakers get back to work, advocates for seniors say they should put more focus on the needs of the aging population in the "oldest" state in the nation. Support for working caregivers, affordable housing, and protection of home and community-based services are amon

Local union and social-justice advocates say important questions linger about Gov. Paul LePage's plan to use a private contractor to administer a Maine job-training program. (MSEA)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has said he doesn't understand all the hoopla, but questions remain about his plan to contract with an out-of-state company to administer part of the state's welfare program. According to Maine State Employees Association President Ramona Welton, Gov. LePage

Nothing to cry about: a new survey ranks Maine third in the nation for the affordability of having a baby. (Ernest F.)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's no secret that August is a big month for children being born, across the nation, but Mainers may be surprised to learn that their state offers some of the lowest childbirth-related costs in the nation. Jill Gonzalez, an analyst for the online survey group Wallet Hub, sa

First-time offenders caught with small amounts of drugs like cocaine and heroin will no longer face felony charges in Maine. (Credit: Drug Enforcement Administration)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Starting next month, Mainers who would have faced felony charges for possession of small amounts of drugs will instead receive a misdemeanor. A legislative compromise put a lid on the felony charges. When the legislative session began, Attorney General Janet Mills was pushing to

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