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PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 


A bipartisan deal reached to avert U.S. government default. Also on our Tuesday rundown: a new report calculates the high hospital costs for employers. Plus, new legislation could help protect Florida's at-risk wildlife.

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Public News Service - ME: Oceans

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

Maine fishermen caught close to 120 million pounds of lobster in 2018 and more than 100 million every year since 2011. (adamparent/Adobe Stock)

BAR HARBOR, Maine – While the U.S. lobster industry is booming in Maine, some of its fishing methods are hurting a special group – the North Atlantic right whales. The whales number slightly more than 400 and are facing extinction. Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin

In 2018, Maine passed a resolution against President Donald Trump's offshore drilling plan. (Jack Flanagan/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – A public hearing is taking place today about a bill that would ban offshore drilling in Maine. It's in response to a Trump plan that would open up drilling in federal waters across the United States, including along the Maine coast. LD 955 aims to prohibit offshore oil and n

Floating wind turbines could be deployed farther offshore where winds are stronger. (hpgruesen/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine's Public Utilities Commission may be set to scuttle another offshore wind energy project. Citing higher electricity costs to consumers, the commission says it wants to reopen a contract for a University of Maine test project that would construct two wind turbines on fl

The plan proposes opening 90 percent of U.S. coastal waters to oil and gas development. (catmoz/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Environmental groups say the federal public meeting on a proposal to allow oil and gas drilling in Atlantic waters isn't really a hearing. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management event had been scheduled for January but was postponed when the budget impasse in Washington force

Proposed EPA cuts come as the administration calls for offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast. (bones64/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Proposed cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would put air and water quality in Maine at risk, according to an environmental advocacy group. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would cut the EPA's budget by 34 percent, almost $3 billion less than 2017 fundin

Critics say President Trump's budget virtually eliminates funding for proven programs to clean up the nation's great waterways. (David Partee/NOAA)

PORTLAND, Maine -- President Trump calls it his "America First” budget, but environmental groups in Maine say clean air, water and health for Americans are coming in dead last. Andrew LaVogue, campaign manager for Environment Maine, said one area of particular concern is Trump's proposed 31

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