PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


Florida's Republican lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to pass so-called "anti-riot" bill; disturbing police camera video of fatal shooting of a 13-year-old in Chicago.


2021Talks - April 16, 2021 


Biden announces tough sanctions on Russia; Pelosi says she won't bring bill to floor expanding Supreme Court; and Harris announces largest ever U.S. investment in childcare.

Weatherization Challenge: Retrofit an Entire City

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

 By Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH, Contact
October 20, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The challenge: weatherize an entire city; the target: a southeastern Ohio community. The village of Murray City in Hocking County has been selected for a pilot program designed to help local residents receive weatherization updates to their homes.

City Councilwoman Rebecca Johnson says more than 250 buildings will be retrofitted, including homes, churches and businesses.

"We've found unsafe homes, and we've found homes that are not energy efficient. So it's just an honor to be chosen to be a pilot program like this."

State Congressman Zack Space says the project is the first of its kind in the country. He says it's a model that will streamline the process of weatherization, compared to the traditional way of doing it on a household-by-household basis.

"It will be done more efficiently. It will help enhance workforce development, and if it works in a town like Murray City, then it can work not just in other small towns, but even in neighborhoods and big cities."

The project is being paid for with a variety of funding sources including American Electric Power, Columbia Gas and federal stimulus dollars. It's estimated that the weatherized homes will see a $300 to $400 reduction in annual utility bills.

Space adds investments in clean energy projects like Murray City weatherization are a smart move all around.

"It makes perfect sense to weatherize, and when you do that you're saving money -- you're putting somebody to work and it helps rid this nation of its reliance on foreign oil. It makes us much more energy secure and independent, and that's good for all of us."

October is weatherization month and Ohio's Weatherization Assistance Program has weatherized more than 340,000 homes since 1977.

Best Practices