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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - AR: Water

In just four years of use, dicamba has damaged at least five million acres of soybeans, decimated fruit orchards and vegetable farms, and damaged trees, backyard gardens and natural areas throughout much of rural America. (Adobe Stock)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Public-interest groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the agency's re-approval of products containing dicamba, a herbicide controversial for its tendency to drift into neighboring fields and damage farmers' crops and homeowners' gardens. Last fall, the

The Bobwhite Quail is one of 377 species in Arkansas which, due to habitat loss, are at risk of becoming extinct. (USFWS)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new report warns that as many as one-third of wildlife species in America are in crisis but with funding, their recovery is possible. The report, released jointly by the National Wildlife Federation, the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society, finds that mo

A new report shows tap water in many communities in Arkansas and across the country contains potentially dangerous contaminants. (Pixabay)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new guide compiles test results from public water systems in all 50 states so people can double check their local water quality. It says many systems in Arkansas contain contaminants at levels in violation of Environmental Protection Agency standards. The nonprofit En

Participants at the first Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit will discuss managing and preserving the state’s natural resources, such as Hot Springs National Park. (zrfphoto/iStockphoto)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Environmental advocates and public officials are meeting today at the first Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit, to examine the state's critical ecological issues. The goal of the summit is to tackle some of the public-policy questions about the environment that are sure t

Harmful blue-green algae is increasing in bodies of water across the country because of climate change, farming practices and storm and wastewater runoff. (USGS)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Algal blooms in bodies of water across the nation are increasing as a result of climate change, farming practices, storm and wastewater runoff and other environmental issues. They're naturally occurring, but produce toxins that get into the air, water or food, and can cau

Washing your vehicle at home uses more than 100 gallons of water on average. (Virginia Carter)

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - How many times have you driven through your neighborhood and noticed people out washing their cars in the driveway? The scene is depicted on television shows and at the movies too, but there's an effort under way to stop that practice. Jane Maginot, urban stormwater educato

The main sources of drinking water in Arkansas are rivers and lakes, and the state conducts thousands of water sample tests every year. (ar.gov)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - There's good news when it comes to water quality in Arkansas. A crisis such as the one that's happened in Flint, Mich., is very unlikely to repeat itself locally, according to state health officials. In Flint, the city switched its water source to save money in 2014, and since t

PHOTO: The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is seeking comments on whether they should stop new large hog feeding operations in the Buffalo River watershed. CREDIT: thecitywire.com.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on a permanent prohibition on new, confined hog-feeding operations around the Buffalo River. Bob Allen, a retired Arkansas Tech professor of chemistry and board member of the Arkansas Canoe Club, said the

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