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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 


The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.


2020Talks - September 22, 2020 


It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Public News Service - ME: Oceans

Coastal restoration jobs could help Maine communities hit hard by losses in the fishing and tourism industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. (RocklandMaine.gov)

STONINGTON, Maine -- The U.S. House is expected to vote today on the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion bill to fund infrastructure. Part of the money would be for coastal restoration jobs, which is sure to appeal to states such as Maine. State Rep. Genevieve McDonald, D-Stonington, who's also in

People who catch lobster for a living have opposed tighter regulations on fishing gear, even though some of the gear jeopardizes critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. (NOAA)

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Emergency action is being requested to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. The Pew Charitable Trusts petitioned Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross yesterday to do more to save the fewer than 400 North Atlantic right whales, many off New England shores. Peter

Maine Aqua Ventus is currently evaluating the first floating wind turbine technology in the Americas. (Maine Aqua Ventus)

ORONO, Maine -- Soon, Maine could have the first floating wind farm in the Americas. Central Maine Power Company recently signed a 20-year contract with Maine Aqua Ventus, which plans to build two floating wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the U

Scientists say the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world’s oceans. (Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Maine — As much of the East Coast experiences unseasonably warm fall temperatures, scientists studying the Gulf of Maine point to its rapid warming as a "sneak preview" of what climate change might mean for other parts of the globe. Chief Scientific Officer at the Gulf of Maine Res

North Atlantic right whales get caught in lobster and crab fishing lines, preventing them from swimming, diving or feeding normally. (Photo courtesy NOAA)

PORTLAND, Maine — Researchers say conservationists and the fishing industry must work together to save the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Only about 400 of these whales are left living in the wild, and scientists say human activity is to blame for their decline. Ship strik

According to the Center for Coastal Studies, at least eight right whales already have been found dead this year. (NOAA)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some in Maine feel new federal regulations to protect the right whale will hurt the lobster industry the state relies on. But researchers and conservationists say immediate, drastic action is needed to keep the species from going extinct. Experts say only about 400 right wha

Maine boasts 5,400 miles of mainland and island coastline, 88% of which is privately owned. (Flickr/Sunset Sailor)

ORONO, Maine – State lawmakers in Maine have struck down a bill that would have protected the rights of workers to harvest rockweed in intertidal zones. In most states, intertidal land is public, but in Maine, it belongs to the person who owns the land up to the shore, and many of those lando

In addition to Maine's LD 955, the U.S. Senate also is considering legislation to ban oil and gas drilling off the New England coast. (Dan/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate overwhelmingly passed an offshore-drilling ban on Tuesday by a vote of 31-4. The next step for LD 955 is Gov. Janet Mills' desk. The legislation would limit oil and gas exploration and drilling within state waters, which also would make it difficult for Trump admin

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