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PNS Daily News - May 29, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues in today’s news including: Germany’s leader notes a disconnect with the United States; remembering the fallen and those left behind on a Memorial Day; and a look at passenger’s rights as summer air travel season kicks into gear.

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Public News Service - MD: Budget Policy & Priorities

Blue crab populations could be greatly reduced if the nation's water-quality restoration programs are eliminated. (nwf.org)

BALTIMORE - Advocates for Chesapeake Bay are calling the budget proposed by the Trump administration devastating, to the bay and the millions of people who rely on it for clean drinking water. The budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 recommended that the entire $73 million budget for the Environmen

Maryland watchdog groups say health insurance affordability and accessibility would be compromised under the American Health Care Act proposed by U.S. House Republicans. (V. Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – On the heels of a report by the Congressional Budget Office that estimates the American Health Care Act would mean 24 million people would lose their health insurance, opponents of the plan in Maryland say they're gearing up for what could be a long battle. Vincent DiMarco,

Thousands rallied in Annapolis last week as Maryland lawmakers began debating a fracking ban. (Citizen Shale)

BALTIMORE – One of this year's most contentious debates in Maryland centers around whether to ban hydraulic fracking. A moratorium on fracking is set to expire in October. Thirty-seven groups have signed a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan supporting legislation (SB740 and HB1325) to ban fracking i

An online petition asks national leaders to keep the country's water clean and improve our water and sewer infrastructure. (maryland.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Imagine going an entire day without water. That's the idea behind a campaign with the goal of getting people to realize the importance of conserving water and keeping it clean. The campaign includes an online petition, asking national leaders to heed those requests and make the

Long before Election Day, people can also make their voices heard by being campaign workers for the candidates of their choice. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

BALTIMORE – As the November election draws closer, advocates for working families across the nation are trying to get the word out about how much each individual vote counts. In Maryland, volunteers are going door to door, talking about some of the issues on the ballot and the candidates who

One in five Americans is living with a mental health condition but less than half are seeking help. (dva.gov.au)

BALTIMORE – One in five adults lives with a mental health condition, and only 4 in 10 actually received services in the past year. Advocates hope that last week's passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of HR 2646 (Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016) will help with tho

About 400 STEM Festivals will be held for students in Maryland this fall. (STEM Festival)

COLUMBIA, Md. -- It can be a challenge to convince kids that science and math can be fun. But in Maryland, inroads are being made with a series of hands-on events. The STEM Festivals feature robotics, painting with computers, designing and building, and other projects -- all teaching children the i

Environmental advocates say recent moves by the governor are hurting the move to renewable energy. (Maryland.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A watchdog environmental group says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's appointment of Delegate Anthony O'Donnell to the Public Service Commission is the latest in what the group calls a troubling series of moves to undermine the expansion of renewable energy. Last week Hogan also v

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