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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - ME: Youth

Critics charge that Long Creek, Maine's prison for juveniles, is not organized or staffed to deal with the real needs of those young people. (Richard Ross/AECF)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The task force looking at Maine juvenile justice is finding signs the whole system is upside down. Jill Ward, project manager of the Maine Center for Juvenile Policy & Law at the University of Maine School of Law, is one of the task force co-chairs. She says testimony they've hear

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

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

While rallies such as this one in support of the Affordable Care Act in 2017 helped save it, expect more rallies and protests as court battles over its protections heat up. (Ted Eytan/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It promises to be a long, bumpy road ahead for the Department of Justice, which essentially is arguing against the Affordable Care Act in federal court where DOJ attorneys usually defend federal policies. The Trump administration opposes provisions in the ACA, passed during

The U.S. Surgeon General urges drug users and their families to keep naloxone on hand. (PublicDomainPictures)

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill to expand access to a drug-overdose treatment is awaiting action by Gov. Paul LePage. The governor has vetoed other bills to expand access to naloxone without a prescription. LePage wants to limit naloxone access to people 21 years of age and older, but Legislative Document

The Maine House of Representatives voted 81-69 to block a rollback of the minimum wage. (rmr2u/Wikimedia Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine's House of Representatives has defeated an effort to stop voter-approved increases in the state's minimum wage. In a largely party-line vote, the House said no to LD 1757, a bill that would have stopped increases due in 2019 and 2020, delayed cost of living increases, a

About a quarter of minimum wage workers younger than 20 live in or near poverty. (haydenweal/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Legislature is considering a bill that would roll back the recent increase in the state's minimum wage. The minimum wage went up to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, but the bill proposed by Gov. Paul LePage would lower it by 50 cents in June. LD 1757 also would reduce futu

Maine is making major strides in dropping the number of youthful offenders held in detention thanks to a national program that aims to keep kids in school and not in jail. (J. Iwakiri/Twitter).

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's a dramatic drop since 2014; the number of juveniles being committed to detention in Maine is down by 36 percent. Erica King is a justice policy associate with the University of Southern Maine. She says young people who are diverted from detention are more likely to stay

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