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PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown: President Trump takes to the phone in last minute attempts to urge GOP members to back Ryancare; We take a closer look at what A.C.A. repeal could mean to the health of kids in North Carolina; plus an unusual plea from New York millionaires – please raise our taxes.

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Public News Service - ME: Climate Change/Air Quality

Critics say President Trump's budget virtually eliminates funding for proven programs to clean up the nation's great waterways. (David Partee/NOAA)

PORTLAND, Maine -- President Trump calls it his "America First” budget, but environmental groups in Maine say clean air, water and health for Americans are coming in dead last. Andrew LaVogue, campaign manager for Environment Maine, said one area of particular concern is Trump's proposed 31

A broad based coalition is urging Sen. Susan Collins to join Sen. Angus King in opposing the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. (Natural Resources Council of Maine)

AUGUSTA, Maine – With a vote possible as early as this week, environmental advocates are urging both of Maine's U.S. senators to unite in opposition to President Donald Trump's EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt. The Trump transition team calls Pruitt an expert in Constitutional law, with a deep unde

Dr. Tony Owens will be one of the more than 50 Mainers taking a polar plunge at East End Beach on Saturday to call attention to the need for action on climate change. (Natural Resources Council of Maine)

PORTLAND, Maine - With temperatures forecast to be in the mid to upper 20s, a group of dedicated Mainers will be taking a plunge into the Atlantic on Saturday at East End Beach in Portland to draw attention to climate change. This will be the seventh year that Dr. Tony Owens, an emergency-departmen

About 35 Maine students and local supporters occupied a local bank branch in Portland to protest loans the bank made to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Maine Students for Climate Action)

PORTLAND, Maine – While many people have been out holiday shopping this week, some local college students have been protesting a major bank's investment in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project. Ester Topolarova, an organizer for Maine Students for Climate Justice, was among the 3

A new study shows rooftop solar is saving big bucks for Mainers with solar  and also saving money for their neighbors. (Lucas Braun)

PORTLAND, Maine -- With some predicting that 2016 could be the hottest summer on record, a new study found that solar power in Maine is the most cost-effective way to meet peak demand. According to Phil Coupe, co-founder of ReVision Energy in Portland, solar power achieves its greatest output duri

Solar-energy advocates say the Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter is proof that even states with less sunshine, including Maine, can still reap big benefits from solar power. (NASA)

AUGUSTA, Maine - It works in outer space, and solar-energy advocates say the fact that the Juno space probe now orbiting Jupiter is running only on power from the sun points to the reliability and growth potential for solar power, even in states like Maine. Maine may not be the state with the most s

A broad coalition filed papers Friday in support of the Clean Power Plan. (ChristofferRiemer)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Both sides are preparing for the next round in the legal battle over the Clean Power Plan and the EPA's authority to regulate carbon and greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change. State House Assistant Majority Leader Sara Gideon says for many Mainers, climate change u

Hearings should begin in a couple of weeks on proposed legislation that backers say should boost solar projects in Maine by 10 percent over the next five years. (Ceinturion)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine is expected to get a lot more bang for the buck under a new plan to expand solar projects across the state. Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon, who represents Freeport, says hearings should begin in a couple of weeks on new legislation to jump start solar in M

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