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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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Public News Service - ME: Consumer Issues

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

There was cause for celebration for supporters of Question 4, as the state minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour over the weekend. (Maine AFL-CIO)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine joined Arizona, Colorado and Washington state over the weekend in boosting its state minimum wage after successful ballot initiatives. In Maine, the minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour starting on Saturday, and will increase each year by $1 per hour until it reaches $12

About 35 Maine students and local supporters occupied a local bank branch in Portland to protest loans the bank made to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Maine Students for Climate Action)

PORTLAND, Maine – While many people have been out holiday shopping this week, some local college students have been protesting a major bank's investment in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project. Ester Topolarova, an organizer for Maine Students for Climate Justice, was among the 3

Supporters of Maine's new law legalizing adult possession of marijuana are optimistic it will withstand a threatened recount, and also the incoming Trump administration. (Regulate Maine)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Tuesday marks one week since Maine passed Question One, making adult possession of marijuana legal, but the new law faces potential threats both from in state and from the incoming administration. The "No on 1" campaign has until 5 P.M. Wednesday to present 100 signatures and

There should be no shortage of Moose at Maine's newest national monument in the North Woods. (Walter Ezell via wiki).

AUGUSTA, Maine – President Barack Obama on Wednesdasy designated a new national monument for Maine. Its goal is to preserve the landscape and honor the history and culture of Maine's North Woods. Gail Fanjoy, president of the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, says the Obama administration

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

A new study shows rooftop solar is saving big bucks for Mainers with solar  and also saving money for their neighbors. (Lucas Braun)

PORTLAND, Maine -- With some predicting that 2016 could be the hottest summer on record, a new study found that solar power in Maine is the most cost-effective way to meet peak demand. According to Phil Coupe, co-founder of ReVision Energy in Portland, solar power achieves its greatest output duri

Products like M and M's are likely to contain GMO labeling thanks to a new law in Vermont that faces a challenge in the U.S. Senate. (N Pernot via twitter)

AUGUSTA, Maine - No sooner did a new law pass in New England to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms than members of Congress started working to short-circuit the new labeling. Jean Halloran, director of Food Policy Initiatives for the Consumers Union, says the new

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