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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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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

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

First-time offenders caught with small amounts of drugs like cocaine and heroin will no longer face felony charges in Maine. (Credit: Drug Enforcement Administration)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Starting next month, Mainers who would have faced felony charges for possession of small amounts of drugs will instead receive a misdemeanor. A legislative compromise put a lid on the felony charges. When the legislative session began, Attorney General Janet Mills was pushing to

Zach Wolzich and 9-year-old daughter Samantha met with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to ask Congress to protect the carbon pollution limits in the EPA Clean Power Plan. Courtesy: Natural Resources Council of Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - It almost sounds like the set-up for a joke – a doctor, an ice fisherman and his daughter walk into a Senate office – but it happened last week, and their topic was the serious issue of carbon pollution. The ice fisherman is Zach Wozich with the Sebago Lake Anglers As

New Hampshire consumer advocates say they're concerned a U.S. Senate update of the Toxic Substances Control Act could tie states' hands to pass their own protections against hazardous chemicals in products. Courtesy: Environmental Health Strategy Center.

AUGUSTA, Maine - After almost 40 years, there is little question the nation's Toxic Substances Control Act is in need of an update, but local consumer advocates say a proposal pending in the U.S. Senate could mean fewer health and safety protections. Mike Belliveau, executive director of the Enviro

PHOTO: Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. Photo credit: tpsdave/Pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, despite the EPA's delay of the new rules. The plan would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030

PHOTO: The EPA holds hearings across the country beginning Tuesday on its proposed Clean Air Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants. While Maine is not a hearing site, one member of Congress is making sure her voice is heard. Photo credit: Dori / Wikimedia Commons.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) will begin holding a series of public hearings across the U.S. on Tuesday on the newly-announced Clean Air Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The hearings are being held this week

AUGUSTA, Maine - According to government figures, this winter was the second-warmest on record in Portland, nearly 5 degrees warmer than normal. Snowfall was half the normal amount. This "winter that never was" has taken a toll on Maine's moose population. The winter tick, a tiny insect, feeds on

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