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PNS Daily Newscast - January 24, 2020 


The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues; and KY lawmakers press ahead on requiring photo IDs for voters.

2020Talks - January 24, 2020 


Businessman Tom Steyer and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the two billionaires in the Democratic primary, have spent far more than the rest of the Democratic hopefuls combined. But Steyer also uses grassroots tactics. What do other candidates and voters think about the influence of money in elections?

Public News Service - ME: Poverty

Combined with other resources, the Senior Housing Bond will generate more than $45.8 million to build affordable housing for lower-income Mainers, age 55 and older. (Piman Khrutmuang/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine - With the awarding of $14.5 million of the Senior Housing Bond, Maine is set to create more than 200 new, affordable housing units for people 55 and older. The bond was approved by voter referendum in 2015, but wasn't signed until last year, when Janet Mills became governor. Daniel

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

More than 4,000 parents and caretaker relatives have signed up for MaineCare Expansion this year. (BewitchingGrace/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine – According to a new report, Maine ranked among the five worst states in decreasing the uninsured rate for women of childbearing age from 2013 to 2017. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families assessed the impact of Medicaid expansion on maternal health covera

For every 100 extremely low-income households in Maine, only 52 homes are affordable and available.  (larissal1234/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Maine - There's a severe shortage of affordable rental housing for extremely low-income households across the United States, and according to a new report, Maine is no exception. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition defines "extremely low" incomes as those at or below the poverty lev

In Maine, about 13 percent of the population provides caregiving to a family member. (Vimeo/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine – A bill in the Maine Legislature is aimed at paying spouses who provide caregiving services for partners on Medicaid. H.P. 70 is a new version of a bill that passed in the last session but wasn't funded through the appropriations process. The legislation gets a public heari

Seniors seeking low-cost housing soon will have more options in Maine. (Twenty20)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday signed off on $15 million of state bonds for affordable senior housing in Maine, more than three years after voters approved the bonds but former Gov. Paul LePage refused to release them. The move makes $500,000 available immediately to fund repair and w

Gov.-elect Janet Mills, who most recently served as Maine's attorney general, is already familiar with such issues as the debt industry's impact on older consumers. (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Maine — AARP Maine is thinking ahead to the New Year and a new administration as it sets priorities for helping seniors across the state - including with more affordable housing. Gov.-elect Janet Mills, a Democrat, said she wants to release the $15 million housing bond that voters

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

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