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PNS Daily News - October 26, 2020 


Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moves toward a final vote; judicial appointments issue looms in the election; and five COVID-19 infections confirmed within VP Mike Pence's inner circle.


2020Talks - October 26, 2020 


Youth voter turnout has been high in early voting. And presidential candidates court swing-state voters in the last days until November 3.

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The Maine Legislature ended its session on March 17 due to COVID-19, also allowing Gov. Janet Mills to spend millions of dollars without specific legislative approval. (Wikipedia/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Eighty-five percent of Maine voters want the state Legislature to return for a special session, according to a new survey. Mainers for Working Families commissioned the poll of 500 voters to help understand their views about COVID-19 and various policy ideas. The Maine Legislatur

More than 21,000 people in Maine filed unemployment claims last week, a more than 3,000% increase over the prior week. More than one third of these claims came from the hospitality sector. (Michael M Stokes/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Janet Mills said at a press conference this week she would not declare an eviction moratorium for the state of Maine, preferring to handle the issue informally. But many Mainers are facing eviction threats. The Maine People's Alliance recently launched Mainers Together, a w

An estimated 100,000 Maine residents remain uninsured.(Wavebreak/iStockphoto)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Health care advocates are speaking out on the Trump administration's decision against a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, which would have made it easier to get subsidized health care plans during the COVID-19 crisis. The administration doesn't want to undermi

It is currently illegal in Maine for public employees to strike, including teachers, but labor leaders in the state want to change that. (weaverphoto/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- The Maine chapter of the AFL-CIO has its annual Lobby Day at the State House Thursday. The group will be advocating for a number of working class priorities, including the public sector's right to strike. More than 100 workers from across Maine are expected to participate and me

Seafood is Maine's top export, and it's mostly lobster. The Maine International Trade Center says 14% of these exports go to China. (Gary Cassel/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Maine - President Donald Trump signed the United States/Mexico/Canada Agreement this week - and it could have some impact on Maine as Canada's neighbor. While much of the new agreement is similar to the former treaty known as the North America Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA, one big chang

The proposed transmission corridor would intersect the Appalachian Trail three times. (mahout/Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Environmentalists say the Land Use Planning Commission's decision to certify a proposed power transmission corridor through Maine forests disregards the enormous harm it would do. The proposed corridor would carry hydroelectric power from Quebec to Massachusetts along a route thr

Storm damaged trees can create potentially dangerous situations for homeowners and neighbors. (Adobe Stock)

AUGUSTA, Maine – In the aftermath of a windstorm that left Maine's coastal counties littered with downed trees, limbs, and branches, and thousands of people without power, experts say homeowners should do what they can now to prevent tree hazards this winter. Jan Santerre, who coordinates Pr

State Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby is pushing for a $250 million bond to fund an ambitious student-loan forgiveness program in Maine. (NateLibby.org)

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new bill in Maine is aimed at creating an ambitious student-loan forgiveness program. If someone lives and works in Maine for five years, the state could relieve all their student debt. State Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby recently co-filed Maine Senate Bill 149, which

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