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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - MD: Budget Policy & Priorities

Maryland lawmakers have passed a bill that could give school systems more flexibility with their school calendars. (Pixabay)

BALTIMORE — Spring Break is considered a necessity for many students and teachers, but Maryland schools have been forced to cut into that "unwind time" to make up for lost days earlier in the academic year. A bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly would change that. Senate Bill 7029 al

A TransCanada pipeline extension is the subject of protests from Pennsylvania through Maryland to West Virginia. It would enter Maryland just west of Hancock. (Stacy Miller)

BALTIMORE – A natural-gas pipeline expansion that would run from Pennsylvania through Maryland and into West Virginia is raising concerns about its potential environmental impact. TransCanada wants to build the Eastern Panhandle Expansion, and says increasing the natural-gas supply in the are

The signing of the Affordable Care Act enabled some 400,000 Marylanders to gain health insurance. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Supporters and opponents agree the groundbreaking federal Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, but those in favor are celebrating the eighth anniversary of millions gaining health coverage while pointing to simple fixes to make the plan better. On Friday, legislators, he

The federal spending bill includes $73 million for Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. (Chesapeake Bay Program)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The spring snowstorm didn't stop Chesapeake Bay advocates from making their way to the nation's capital this week, where they warned members of Congress that many of the bay-restoration programs will be placed on ice if they don't get full funding. It's the second year the Tr

GOP lawmakers missed a key deadline this weekend to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Virginia Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Groups that have pushed for health care for all Americans are breathing a collective sigh of relief. Senate Republicans missed a deadline this weekend to use the budget reconciliation process to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That means they now have to have 60 Senate vot

A congressional panel tasked with coming up with climate change solutions is growing in membership. (fl.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A panel made up of members of Congress who are seeking solutions to climate change is growing by leaps and bounds. The Climate Solutions Caucus started with just a handful of members a few years ago, but now has 50. It's bipartisan, and for every Democratic member added, t

Clean drinking water in several states is reliant on government funding for  Chesapeake Bay. (Fish and Wildlife Service)

BALTIMORE – Those who love Chesapeake Bay are hopeful this week that despite President Donald Trump's promise to cut funding this year to help protect the bay, lawmakers will refuse to do that. A subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee is expected to include $60 million for the En

Grant money gets communities involved in keeping water flowing into Chesapeake Bay clean. (cbtrust.org)

BALTIMORE – More financial support for on the ground environmental restoration programs is on the way to Maryland counties that surround Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Trust has announced that grants are available. Jana Davis, the group’s executive director, says the money will g

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