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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - ME: Public Lands/Wilderness

Mainers who hike and enjoy the outdoors will have greater access to forests under a measure that comes up for a hearing Tuesday. (Chris Shane).

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Lawmakers will hold a hearing Tuesday on a measure that would establish priorities for Public Reserved Lands to provide better access for outdoor enthusiasts. Eliza Donoghue, policy advocate and outreach coordinator for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said they are partic

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

There should be no shortage of Moose at Maine's newest national monument in the North Woods. (Walter Ezell via wiki).

AUGUSTA, Maine – President Barack Obama on Wednesdasy designated a new national monument for Maine. Its goal is to preserve the landscape and honor the history and culture of Maine's North Woods. Gail Fanjoy, president of the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, says the Obama administration

A former woolen mill in Berwick is now providing much-needed senior housing, through an EPA brownfields cleanup loan. (EPA)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just handed out $10 million in funds to help communities clean up sites that may have been polluted or contain hazardous waste. Urban planners call these sites brownfields. Frank Gardner, brownfields coordinator for EPA Region 1, said

Some Mainers are in Washington, D.C., today to urge designation of a North Woods National Monument. (P. Corrigan, Jr).

AUGUSTA, Maine - Mainers will join wilderness-protection advocates from across the nation in Washington, D.C., today to urge designation of new national monuments -- including the North Woods in Maine. Paul Corrigan, a writer, teacher and outdoorsman who grew up in the Katahdin region and will be i

Mainers gave feedback in Millinocket and at the University of Maine in Orono on Monday about the proposed North Woods National Monument (Mark Picard)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The director of the National Park Service was in Maine on Monday to gather public input on the proposed North Woods National Monument. One of those advocating for the National Monument designation is Matt Polstein, who owns the New England Outdoor Center. He says earlier proposa

Maine and New Hampshire are working together, taking biological samples and using GPS tracking collars to study the survival rate of moose in both states. (Ashley Malinowski)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Shorter winters are blamed for driving up the local tick and parasite population, which can be fatal to moose, and now Maine is teaming up with New Hampshire to study survival rates for moose in both states. Lee Kantar, state moose biologist for the Maine Department of Inlan

Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds, and there have been moves to do that in both the U.S. House and Senate. Photo of beach-goers at Assateague Island. Courtesy: National Park Service.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds. Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, warns allowing state control would lock up lands for private development, and other parc

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