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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2018. 


Californian’s now facing a pair of wildfires; Also on the Tuesday rundown: Higher education in New Jersey: a racial split; plus food resources still available despite the “public charge” proposal.

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Public News Service - ME: Consumer Issues

Monitoring bank and credit card accounts on line helps detect fraudulent charges. (TheDigitalWay/pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Computer hackers are stealing more and more personal data every day, but a new survey shows many Mainers aren't taking the basic steps to protect themselves. The numbers are staggering – every two seconds, another American's identity is stolen. There are simple steps

The prices of name-branded drugs commonly used by older adults rose 8.4 percent last year. (freegr/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Huge price increases for prescription drugs are concerns that Maine voters over 50 want political candidates to address. A report from the AARP Public Policy Institute found the cost of brand-name drugs most commonly used by older adults rose by 8.4 percent last year, four t

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

A nationwide move to ban magazine-fed assault rifles from sporting goods stores has ignited a controversy over gun sales at the Kittery Trading Post. (TripAdvisor)

KITTERY, Maine – After the Parkland, Fla. school massacre, some sports retailers across the country – Dick's Sporting Goods, L.L. Bean and Walmart – stopped selling so-called assault weapons and high capacity magazines. And some Democratic lawmakers in Maine would like to see the

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

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

Supporters of LD 1444 say the Maine PUC rule would make ratepayers pay for the solar power they are generating themselves. (RoyBuri/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – With a shift of six votes, the Maine House of Representatives on Thursday upheld Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a solar-energy bill – but the battle isn't over. The final tally was two votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override. The bill, LD 1444, would prev

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