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    PNS Weekend Update0 

    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

Public News Service - PA: Oceans

PHOTO: A federal court decision this week has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen to clean up Pennsylvania waterways and tributaries of Chesapeake Bay, particularly by reducing polluted runoff from farms. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal court victory has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen on Pennsylvania farms to help meet the goals of a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan. A federal appeals court ruling this week reaffirmed the legality of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, whi

GRAPHIC: Agricultural and conservation activities on Central Pennsylvania creeks, streams and rivers play a significant role in the overall health of Chesapeake Bay, according to the latest biennial report on the state of the bay. Image courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The condition of Chesapeake Bay is still very fragile, according to a new report just released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This year the bay comes in with an overall score of D-plus, the same grade as the last report in 2012. Will Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Found

PHOTO: Atlantic offshore wind power potential hasn't yet been tapped, although a new report says Pennsylvania could help push development with state policies. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

PHILADELPHIA - The water is waiting for wind-power development. A handful of offshore wind projects are well on their way, but according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, thousands of acres of Atlantic waters still are available. Report author Catherine Bowes called it a "gold

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says dedicating state funding to cleaner water in Pennsylvania is a sound investment. Photo courtesy of

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Clean water is a vital resource in the lives of Pennsylvanians, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is urging Gov. Tom Corbett to address the importance of investing in it when he makes his budget address today. According to Harry Campbell, executive director of CBF in Pennsylvani

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A victory in federal court in Pennsylvania has been recorded for those in favor of recently-established pollution limits for Chesapeake Bay. Groups including the Farm Bureau and the National Association of Homebuilders took the matter to court, claiming that the EPA exceeded its au

Measures such as restoring stream-side forests, special management techniques of fertilizers, and planting protective vegetation called cover crops on fields that grow crops in the summer but would otherwise be bare in the winter, take advantage of conservation programs in the Farm Bill.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Over a two-year period in Pennsylvania, farmers have managed 100,000 acres worth of on-farm practices that reduce polluted runoff from entering local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Measures such as restoring stream-side forests, special management techniques of fertilizers, and pl

PHOTO: There is good and bad news in a mid-term assessment of where Pennsylvania stands when it comes to implementing agreed upon goals to clean up local rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Photo credit: CBF staff

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Efforts in Pennsylvania to clean up local rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay are showing solid progress on some fronts, and are falling short in others, according to a mid-term assessment of two-year goals set by states connected to the Bay. Harry Campbell, executive dire

Tsou says McCarthy’s nomination holds special importance to a state such as Pennsylvania, where clean air is affected not only by pollution produced from within but also by entities in other states.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A U.S. Senate committee controlled by Democrats has given its blessing to the nomination of Gina McCarthy as the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency. That vote late last week came after some Republicans had tried to stall the process, and has people from both sides of

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