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PNS Daily Newscast - August 18, 2017 


In our rundown spotlight today: at least 13 are dead in Barcelona after a driver ran his van into pedestrians; a researcher examines ways to resolve racial inequality; and a new study finds Latinos will fuel a quarter of America's economic growth in 2020.

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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

Consumers are making it clear they want more organic food on the shelves. (Maine Organic Farming)

AUGUSTA, Maine – A measure pending in Congress could provide a spark for organic farmers in Maine. The bill would dramatically boost funding for organic farming research. Ted Quaday, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, says this nationwide effort is b

A congressional committee heard testimony on Tuesday from Gov. Paul LePage, who raised questions about the value of designating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. (J. Sheaffer)

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Maine Gov. Paul LePage fired another shot on Tuesday in the nation's capital against the recently-designated Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. LePage was among several who testified before a congressional committee that is examining presidential authority to cre

Security experts in New England say a Trump Administration move to roll back the Clean Power Plan has the possible consequence of putting U.S. military facilities at risk. (Dept. of Defense)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- As President Donald Trump rolls back programs that help slow climate change, national security experts say it could pose major problems for the U.S. military he's trying to build up. Defense Council member Brendan McKinnon with the Truman National Security Project said he didn't

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

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