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PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 


Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - ME: Energy Policy

Proposed EPA cuts come as the administration calls for offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast. (bones64/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Proposed cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would put air and water quality in Maine at risk, according to an environmental advocacy group. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would cut the EPA's budget by 34 percent, almost $3 billion less than 2017 fundin

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

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

Security experts in New England say a Trump Administration move to roll back the Clean Power Plan has the possible consequence of putting U.S. military facilities at risk. (Dept. of Defense)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- As President Donald Trump rolls back programs that help slow climate change, national security experts say it could pose major problems for the U.S. military he's trying to build up. Defense Council member Brendan McKinnon with the Truman National Security Project said he didn't

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

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

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

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