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PNS Daily Newscast - May 24, 2019 


President Trump's reported to be ready to sign disaster relief bill without money for border security. Also on the Friday rundown: House bills would give millions a path to citizenship; and remembering California’s second-deadliest disaster.

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Archive: February 21, 2019

Enviva is one of the largest producers of wood chips and pellets in the world, and plans to expand production in North Carolina. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

HAMLET, N.C. – Clean Air Carolina is challenging an air quality permit for Enviva Hamlet, a large wood pellet manufacturing facility being built in Richmond County. The environmental advocacy group says the state Department of Environmental Quality failed to ensure that an air pollution incr ...Read More

A federal program that helps states and communities protect public lands could help create two new Civil War monuments in Kentucky. (@mccraydonna37/Twenty20)

NANCY, Ky. – As part of a major package of public lands legislation, the U.S. House is set to vote on permanently reauthorizing a federal program that uses revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling to protect public lands. If passed, there's new life for the Land and Water Conservation Fund ...Read More

Tennessee spent $6.2 million in state funds for tobacco prevention in fiscal year 2018, just 8.2 percent of the CDC's annual spending target. (American Cancer Society)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 37,000 Tennesseans are likely to find out they have cancer this year, and the American Cancer Society and its advocates gathered Wednesday at the State Capitol to ask legislators to zero in on smoking as the largest cause of the disease. Last year, smoking-related ...Read More

Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has tapped revenues from offshore oil and gas development to preserve public lands, including Scotts Bluff National Monument. (Paul Hermans)

LINCOLN, Neb. – In a rare display of bipartisanship, last week the U.S. Senate passed a public-lands measure by a vote of 92 to 8 that includes indefinitely extending the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Now, all eyes are on members of the House, who could vote on the public-lands package as ...Read More

There have been death-penalty repeal bills almost every year for the last decade in New Hampshire. (New Hampshire General Court)

CONCORD, N. H. – New Hampshire is the last state in the Northeast to have a death penalty. But on Wednesday, a bill to abolish capital punishment in the Granite State moved one step closer. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held an executive session about House Bill 455, ...Read More

The Washington state Senate holds a public hearing today (Thursday) in Olympia on a bill to create a state tax credit for low-income workers. (Jon Stahl/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state lawmakers are looking at a tax-credit proposal that would address a state tax code that's unbalanced. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy recently called the Evergreen State's tax system the "most regressive in the nation," with the lowest income w ...Read More

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice told striking teachers Tuesday that he wants a pay-raise bill that does not include any more than a pilot program for charter schools. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The wave of school strikes that started in West Virginia a year ago seems to be moving more funding into public education, nationally. According to a report by the American Federation of Teachers, average K-12 funding stalled or fell between 2008 and last year. Economis ...Read More

A new public-lands package would expand Joshua Tree National Park. (Wild Earth Guardians)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you've ever fished off a pier, swum in a public pool, played ball on a local field or hiked in a state park, you've likely benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. That program could be permanently reauthorized next week as part of a massive public-lands pa ...Read More

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