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PNS Daily Newscast - November 21, 2017 


The Trump administration shows 50 thousand Haitians the door; also on the rundown; graduate students say the GOP Tax Bill is a primary concern; net neutrality in the balance today; plus a look at whether music can be a deterrent to juvenile crime.

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Public News Service - ME: Family/Father Issues

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

Senior advocates want lawmakers to consider measures that will help the growing number of older Mainers age comfortably in their own homes and communities. (AARP-Maine)

AUGUSTA, Maine – As state lawmakers get back to work, advocates for seniors say they should put more focus on the needs of the aging population in the "oldest" state in the nation. Support for working caregivers, affordable housing, and protection of home and community-based services are amon

Local union and social-justice advocates say important questions linger about Gov. Paul LePage's plan to use a private contractor to administer a Maine job-training program. (MSEA)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has said he doesn't understand all the hoopla, but questions remain about his plan to contract with an out-of-state company to administer part of the state's welfare program. According to Maine State Employees Association President Ramona Welton, Gov. LePage

Nothing to cry about: a new survey ranks Maine third in the nation for the affordability of having a baby. (Ernest F.)

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's no secret that August is a big month for children being born, across the nation, but Mainers may be surprised to learn that their state offers some of the lowest childbirth-related costs in the nation. Jill Gonzalez, an analyst for the online survey group Wallet Hub, sa

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

As the nation pauses to remember those who served and died defending the nation, a new report says the average officer veteran is only 47 and needs to find a good state for retirement. (Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force)

AUGUSTA, Maine - As the nation takes time on Memorial Day to honor veterans who gave their lives for their country, a new survey points to Maine as one of the top 10 states in the nation as places for veterans to retire. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales said their survey found that Maine ranks in th

Competing minimum-wage proposals have been vying for position, but supporters of raising Maine's minimum wage to $9 by 2017 say they have the votes to get it onto the November ballot. (Mainers for Fair Wages)

AUGUSTA, Maine - It would raise the minimum wage in Maine to $9 an hour by 2017, and supporters of the ballot initiative now say they are optimistic voters will have their say in November. Opponents of the measure attempted to send it to a dead end in committee last week, but Matt Schlobohm, execu

It is now up to Maine's secretary of state to certify a ballot petition that was supported by more than 75,000 signatures last week. The proposal would boost the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. (Mainers for Fair Wages).

AUGUSTA, Maine - When Maine voters head to the polls to elect a new president this fall, they also will likely be turning thumbs up or down on a proposal to raise the minimum wage. Andrew Francis, deputy communications director with the Maine Peoples's Alliance, says all that remains is for the se

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