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PNS Daily News - June 26, 2017 


We’re covering several issues in today’s news including: it’s a key week for Republicans drumming up support for health care legislation; mayors from around the country speak out against Trump’s climate policies; and why some cattle producers have a beef with the USDA.

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Public News Service - ME: Community Issues and Volunteering

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

Despite the fact that Maine allows

AUGUSTA, Maine – Local voting-rights advocates are hoping the first presidential debate primed the pump to get more Mainers registered to vote. Today is National Voter Registration Day, and Jill Ward, the president of Maine's League of Women Voters said they hope to get across the message th

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

Maine farmers were busy this weekend, with a tractor parade in Augusta to help fight hunger. Maine has the most farms in New England, but is also tops in food insecurity. (NightThree/Wikimedia Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine farmers stepped up to help fight hunger this weekend with a parade from the Augusta Food Bank to the State Capitol. There are just over 8,000 farms in Maine, and Alicyn Smart, executive director at the Maine Farm Bureau, said it's a cruel irony that more than 200,000 Mainer

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

Mainers gave feedback in Millinocket and at the University of Maine in Orono on Monday about the proposed North Woods National Monument (Mark Picard)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The director of the National Park Service was in Maine on Monday to gather public input on the proposed North Woods National Monument. One of those advocating for the National Monument designation is Matt Polstein, who owns the New England Outdoor Center. He says earlier proposa

Building robots is part of the work one might find at a library's makerspace. (L.D. Moore)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Most of us have heard of Transformers, and now libraries are transforming so that Mainers can spend their time building robots, instead of just being buried in books. Julie Todaro, president-elect of the National Library Association, says a big part of National Library Week

It is World Suicide Prevention Day, and training sessions like this one in Brunswick held by NAMI Maine help people identify the warning signs of suicide and take action. Courtesy: NAMI Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - Reaching out and saving lives. That's the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day today, and advocates say Mainers need to pay particular attention. Jenna Menhert, MSW, executive director of NAMI-Maine, says the state ranks number nine in the nation for suicide. She says feelings of

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