PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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The plan proposes opening 90 percent of U.S. coastal waters to oil and gas development. (catmoz/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Environmental groups say the federal public meeting on a proposal to allow oil and gas drilling in Atlantic waters isn't really a hearing. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management event had been scheduled for January but was postponed when the budget impasse in Washington force

This year's Polar Bear Dip and Dash promises to be the coldest yet. (Natural Resources Council of Maine)

PORTLAND, Maine – Intrepid runners will be ringing out the old year this Sunday by taking a dip in icy waters to raise money for the fight against climate change. With temperatures expected to be right around zero-degrees Fahrenheit, it promises to be the coldest Polar Bear Dip yet. The annu

The solar industry is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in Maine. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Implementation of a new rule for calculating electric bills for customers with wind or solar power has been delayed, but conservation groups say it would hurt families and businesses. The Public Utilities Commission announced Tuesday that the rule, originally set to go into

Climate change is raising ocean temperatures and acidity, affecting Maine's fishing and lobster industries. (mroylbca/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Environmentalists in Maine are calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s single public hearing on the proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan a sham. The two-day hearing began Tuesday in West Virginia, the largest coal-producing state east of the Mississippi. Tha

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

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