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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - ME: Consumer Issues

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

Consumers are making it clear they want more organic food on the shelves. (Maine Organic Farming)

AUGUSTA, Maine – A measure pending in Congress could provide a spark for organic farmers in Maine. The bill would dramatically boost funding for organic farming research. Ted Quaday, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, says this nationwide effort is b

A former identity thief turned fraud expert, Frank Abagnale, Jr. (L) shares tips with Mainers at USM Portland to help them avoid becoming fraud victims. (Carol Brooks)

PORTLAND, Maine — He conned bank tellers, doctors, lawyers and a major airline and last week, reformed identity thief Frank Abagnale shared tips with Mainers on how to avoid becoming scam victims. Abagnale spent 40 years helping the FBI catch scammers, and now consults as an ambassador for AA

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

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