PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook is under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also on our Monday rundown: a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it's Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - WI: Environment

The Great Lakes provide drinking water for 48 million people and are estimated to generate 1.5 million jobs. (NASA)

MADISON, Wis. – With shorelines on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, Wisconsin has a vested interest in keeping the Great Lakes clean. On Wednesday and Thursday, a coalition representing business, industry, and environmental organizations will meet with members of Congress to rally support f

Spring flooding in Wisconsin can be devastating, as in Rock Springs in 2016, when the Baraboo River overflowed. Democrats say a bill under consideration would make flooding worse. (NOAA)

MADISON, Wis. — As February comes to a close, 12 Wisconsin counties are now or have recently been under flood warnings, an unusually high number for this time of year. Wisconsin Democrats are opposed to a bill working its way through the state Legislature. They say AB 547 would make spring f

The Great Lakes hold 90 percent of America's fresh water, and Wisconsin conservation groups oppose a plan to allow diversion of Lake Michigan water for a private manufacturer. (EPA)

MADISON, Wis. – As part of the deal being proposed for Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to build a large plant in southeast Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker is proposing that the city of Racine be allowed to divert 7 million gallons of Lake Michigan water every day. The water would be

Wisconsin's strong tradition of public hunting and fishing areas is threatened by massive budget cuts from the Trump administration, says a veteran outdoorsman. (WI DNR)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsinites have long believed in funding and maintaining public lands and access to outdoor recreation areas. But the budget proposed by President Donald Trump slashes spending in these areas and essentially eliminates the Land and Water Conservation Fund. That fund is o

Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing company that wants to build a plant in southeast Wisconsin, says it will need to draw 7 million gallons of water per day to manufacture liquid crystal displays. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – The price tag for the Foxconn deal for a proposed high-tech factory in southeast Wisconsin, keeps going up. The latest estimate from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau is $4.5 billion, rather than the $3 billion Gov. Scott Walker said the deal with the Taiwanese manufa

Information from the agriculture census is used by rural communities in Wisconsin for infrastructure spending, road planning, even hospital siting. The census is taken every five years. (UW Extension)

MADISON, Wis. – Every five years, a complete count of America's farms and ranches is taken, and the new questionnaire is in the mail this month. Data regarding land use and ownership, production practices and more is collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Census of

Warmer Wisconsin summers are bringing more blue-green algae blooms, and shorter winters are affecting fish populations in Northern Wisconsin. (Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – Experts on climate, wildlife habitat, winter sports and other outdoor activities will participate this week in a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Science Fest. Pat Durkin, a veteran outdoorsman and president of the state Outdoor Writers Association, will moderate a panel of

Helping set goals for farm production systems and conservation planning are elements of a new service offered by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. (Jessica Arp)

EAST TROY, Wis. – The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy has launched a Conservation Planning and Sustainability Consulting Service for farmers and other landowners. The new service is the result of the institute facing increased demand for information on how best to manage l

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