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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: Consumer Issues

In Maine, 100,000 fewer people are getting assistance with food, shelter or medical care than in 2011. (Steve Baker/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The United States is making headway in the fight against poverty, but it’s progress not being felt in Maine. A new report finds that while poverty fell dramatically in the U.S. between 2015 and 2016, Maine's poverty rate did not budge. And since 2011, the proportion

Last year, more than 79,000 Mainers enrolled in marketplace insurance plans. (AARP)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine residents who need health care coverage for 2018 don't have a lot of time to get their ducks in a row. Open enrollment periods for Medicare and health insurance through the Affordable Care Act overlap this year, with enrollment for Medcare ending Dec. 7 and enrollment

Since 2012, the Legislature has approved Medicaid expansion five times, and five times Governor Paul LePage has vetoed the measure. (landrachuk/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Maine -- On Tuesday, voters in Maine will be the first in the nation to determine by ballot referendum if the state should expand Medicaid. Since 2012, the Legislature has approved Medicaid expansion five times, and five times Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed the measure. But if the referendu

FCC proposals to roll-back net neutrality could hurt Maine consumers. (Twitter/@Motherboard).

BANGOR, Maine -- The clock is ticking when it comes to a free and open internet in the United States, and watchdog groups are gearing up for what could be a lengthy court battle if regulators put an end to net neutrality. In May, the Federal Communications Commission proposed rolling back an Obama

A Maine car dealer is among those voicing opposition to the EPA proposal to put a rollback of clean-air and fuel-efficiency standards back on the table. (futureatlas.com/Flickr)

LEWISTON, Maine – The Environmental Protection Agency wants to reopen its review of fuel-efficiency requirements, but the owner of car dealerships all across Maine says that move would benefit automakers at the expense of consumers and taxpayers. Adam Lee, who heads up Lee Auto Malls, says t

Affordable housing advocates say it's time to put a cap on Portland area rent hikes, which have increased some tenant's costs by more than 40 percent in five years. (Fair Rent Portland)

PORTLAND, Maine -- Relief could be on the way for the more than 60 percent of Portland residents who are renters. Affordable housing advocates plan to deliver signatures on a petition Monday to Portland City Hall, calling for a rent-stabilization ordinance to be on the November ballot. Jack O'Brie

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

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