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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2017 


The 27-year-old suspect who attempted to bomb the New York subway reveals his motive; also on our rundown, a look at how the GOP tax plan targets the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate; plus - 'Tis the season to get ready for tax season.

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In Maine, 100,000 fewer people are getting assistance with food, shelter or medical care than in 2011. (Steve Baker/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The United States is making headway in the fight against poverty, but it’s progress not being felt in Maine. A new report finds that while poverty fell dramatically in the U.S. between 2015 and 2016, Maine's poverty rate did not budge. And since 2011, the proportion

Last year, more than 79,000 Mainers enrolled in marketplace insurance plans. (AARP)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine residents who need health care coverage for 2018 don't have a lot of time to get their ducks in a row. Open enrollment periods for Medicare and health insurance through the Affordable Care Act overlap this year, with enrollment for Medcare ending Dec. 7 and enrollment

Since 2012, the Legislature has approved Medicaid expansion five times, and five times Governor Paul LePage has vetoed the measure. (landrachuk/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Maine -- On Tuesday, voters in Maine will be the first in the nation to determine by ballot referendum if the state should expand Medicaid. Since 2012, the Legislature has approved Medicaid expansion five times, and five times Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed the measure. But if the referendu

Workforce development programs provide Maine businesses with trained employees. (12019/Pixabay)

BUSHWICK, Maine – A nonprofit that trains unemployed and underemployed workers is suing Gov. LePage for withholding federal funds. This summer the U.S. Department of Labor made more than $8 million available to help Maine workers improve their skills and re-enter the job market. But the LePa

Affordable-housing advocates say they aren't giving up the fight for getting a rent-control measure on the local ballot in November. (Bre Chamberlain)

PORTLAND, Maine - Fair-housing advocates delivered 1,000 more signatures than were required, but the Portland City Clerk's Office says the rent-stabilization referendum they're requesting cannot appear on the November ballot. The clerk's office calls it an "honest mistake," saying it only discovere

An early review of thousands of comments shows Maine residents overwhelmingly support maintaining the status of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. (TR Kelley/Wikimedia Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Monday is the last day for the public to comment on the future of Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and 25 other national monuments that are under review by the U.S. Interior Department. Mainers don't need to wait to learn the outcome, however, because the numbe

Maine lawmakers are giving solar farms a boost, but have chosen for now to put legislation promoting biomass energy on hold. (Flckr/World Bank)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Faced with key decisions on the best way to proceed on energy sources for Maine, state legislators have put off a bill to promote biomass, and moved forward on a measure to support solar power. Dylan Voorhees, climate and clean energy director with the Natural Resources Council o

John Hafford of Millinocket is a member of a delegation calling on members of Congress to support national monuments, including the Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument in Maine. (J. Hafford)

WASHINGTON – Supporters of national monuments are in Washington Thursday to try to fend off efforts by the Trump administration to downsize what defenders call national treasures. Among those in the nation's capital is Mainer John Hafford, co-owner of Designlab and a monument supporter. He

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