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PNS Daily News - June 27, 2017 


The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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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

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

With Congress in recess, Maine lawmakers are likely to get earful from local seniors on the need to protect Medicare. (Envision-Free)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine lawmakers are expected back home this week, with Congress in recess Monday, and local advocates for seniors say the time is ripe to send them a message on Medicare. At AARP Maine, State Director Lori Parham says hundreds of thousands of Mainers paid into the system who

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