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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Archive: January 29, 2020

The Tennessee, Cumberland and Mississippi rivers are the three longest waterways running through Tennessee. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a new rule, saying it clarifies which types of waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act and which are not. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule, released last week, redefines the term "waters of the United States" t ...Read More

A landslide insurance bill introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly could help deal with disasters brought on by climate change. (trekandphoto/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- There's good news for Pennsylvania in a new "State of the States 2020" report. Stateline's annual report covers five major topics that are among the hottest legislative issues across the country. According to Noelle Straub, deputy managing editor at Stateline, one area where the ...Read More

Research shows that vaping products can deliver as much nicotine as traditional cigarettes. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky lawmakers are considering putting an excise tax on e-cigarettes sold in the Commonwealth. The tax would be equal to the current tax on traditional cigarettes, which is $1.10 per pack. State Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, the bill's primary sponsor, said his colleagues a ...Read More

Some 10% of Missouri children younger than age 5 live in census tracts deemed

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The 2020 census kicks off in about two months, and there's a lot on the line for some of Missouri's most vulnerable residents -- especially children. The results of the count will determine Missouri's allocation of federal funds over the next decade. Children younger than 18 ...Read More

Most hemp is grown to produce CBD oil, which is used for a variety of medicinal purposes. Will Ohio farmers jump onto the hemp bandwagon? (Adobe Stock)

By Maria McGinnis / Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration Ohio's farmers will be growing hemp this spring. It's a risky crop, but these farmers are "the pioneers that are trying to make this work," said one advocate. They know ...Read More

A new report recommends tripling the number of slots for infants and toddlers in state-subsidized child care. (Greg Gayne/Para Los Ninos)

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- California may be a leader in many areas, but overall child well-being is not one of them, according to a new report. The latest Children's Report Card from the nonprofit Children Now gives California a grade of "C-minus" overall. The only "A" grade in the 16th semiannual analysi ...Read More

Auto manufacturers that support a Trump administration plan to relax EPA tailpipe emissions standards could be losing loyal customers, according to a new poll. (Tyler Olsen/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX -- Carmakers that support a Trump administration plan to cut Environmental Protection Agency auto-emission standards could be alienating their customers, according to a poll from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Several car companies, including Toyota, are backing a lawsuit to prevent sta ...Read More

Minnesota officials say the presence of zebra mussels has been confirmed in 214 lakes and wetlands. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In some Minnesota lakes, invasive species are limiting the growth of a popular fish, according to a new study of the effects on walleye. University of Minnesota researchers say the culprits are zebra mussels and spiny waterflea. They found in lakes where these are present, they ...Read More

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