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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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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

Dr. Tony Owens will be one of the more than 50 Mainers taking a polar plunge at East End Beach on Saturday to call attention to the need for action on climate change. (Natural Resources Council of Maine)

PORTLAND, Maine - With temperatures forecast to be in the mid to upper 20s, a group of dedicated Mainers will be taking a plunge into the Atlantic on Saturday at East End Beach in Portland to draw attention to climate change. This will be the seventh year that Dr. Tony Owens, an emergency-departmen

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on proposed rules to update standards for ground-level ozone that impact Maine. Photo credit: Jeffrey B. Ferland/Wikimedia Commons

PORTLAND, Maine – Because of Maine's location and the prevailing west-to-east winds, the state's unfortunate nickname in some quarters is the tailpipe of the nation, and public hearings on smog control are of great interest to some in the Pine Tree State. At issue is how the nation should up

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: A new poll conducted after the midterm elections indicates a majority of voters in six of the so-called battleground states want action on the climate crisis, regardless of which way they voted. The Sierra Club believes the same would hold true for Maine voters. Photo credit: pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – No matter which side of the political aisle they were on and no matter which way their elections went three weeks ago, voters in six of the so-called battleground states want elected office holders to work on the climate crisis, according to a Hart Research poll commissioned

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

PHOTO: Maine Conservation Voters has issued its annual scorecard showing how each of the state’s legislators voted on seven key environmental issues. The results are mixed. Courtesy MCV<br /><br />

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's environment scored some significant victories in the first half of the 126th legislative session and took some tough losses as well, according to the group Maine Conservation Voters. For the 27th year the group has issued a scorecard grading each state representative and se

PHOTO: Harvesting carrots at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust's Teen Agriculture Program benefitted from the Quality of Place Initiative. Courtesy Devin Altobello.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Saving fish populations described as "at rock bottom;" helping kids learn how to grow vegetables in three-foot by five-foot gardens; and turning a vacant lot in the town of Biddeford into a public park and gathering place: just some of the wide-ranging work to come out of the Qual

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