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PNS Daily Newscast - December 7, 2018 


Democrat Dan McCready takes back his concession in the still-undecided race for Congress in North Carolina. Also, on the Friday rundown: California moves to provide Medi-Cal for undocumented immigrants, and tighter immigration enforcement might make it harder to find a Christmas tree.

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Public News Service - ME: Poverty Issues

More than half of older Mainers are concerned they won't be able to afford the health care they need, a new AARP survey shows. (pexels)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine's most active voters want political candidates to address their concerns about health care and retirement security, according to a new survey from AARP. Older Americans are more likely to go to the polls than younger voters, and the survey shows they will hold candidat

Fresh berries might be a luxury on a senior's fixed income. Maine has the 12th highest senior food insecurity rate in the nation. (Madison Inouye/Pexels)

BANGOR, Maine – Maine has more older residents than any other New England state, and the highest level of food insecurity in this part of the country among people age 60 and over, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. More than 100,000 Maine seniors aren't always sure wher

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

Medicaid expansion would help an estimated 70,000 Maine residents access health-care services. (Parentingupstream/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Maine are asking the courts to force Gov, Paul LePage to implement the program approved by voters last year. LePage vetoed legislative attempts to enact the expansion, which advocates say would help an estimate 70,000 Mainers access health care.

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

In Maine, 100,000 fewer people are getting assistance with food, shelter or medical care than in 2011. (Steve Baker/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The United States is making headway in the fight against poverty, but it’s progress not being felt in Maine. A new report finds that while poverty fell dramatically in the U.S. between 2015 and 2016, Maine's poverty rate did not budge. And since 2011, the proportion

Workforce development programs provide Maine businesses with trained employees. (12019/Pixabay)

BUSHWICK, Maine – A nonprofit that trains unemployed and underemployed workers is suing Gov. LePage for withholding federal funds. This summer the U.S. Department of Labor made more than $8 million available to help Maine workers improve their skills and re-enter the job market. But the LePa

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