PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 

The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 

3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - CO: Toxics

PHOTO: This photo, seen in the petition filed by Earthjustice on Tuesday, shows an Erie, Colo., school located within two miles of 66 oil and gas well sites. Photo courtesy Lighthouse Solar.

DENVER - There's been a lot of debate about the effects of oil and gas drilling on water quality and safety - and on Tuesday, 64 environmental groups added air quality to the list of concerns. Earthjustice filed a petition on behalf of the groups, asking that the Environmental Protection Agency (EP

PHOTO: Natural gas rigs like this one near Rifle, CO would be subject to new rules about when and where they can operate, under a proposed ballot initiative. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - A proposed statewide ballot measure would let local governments decide whether to allow oil and gas drilling, including fracking, in their communities. The initiative comes after five Colorado cities passed local fracking bans, all of which are being challenged in court by the state. Sam

Photo: Coal ash sludge in Kingston, TN. Courtesy:

PUEBLO, Colo. - The disposal of coal ash in Colorado will become a black-and-white issue starting in December. Late last week the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to finalize the first-ever federal regulations for the disposal of toxic waste generated by coal-fired power plants. Acc

Photo: Sunflower Power Plant in Holcomb, KS. Courtesy: Sunflower Electric Corporation

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – A new coal-fired power plant could be a byproduct of the Farm Bill. A provision in the bill would eliminate a court-ordered environmental review of the Sunflower Electric Plant located in Holcomb, Kansas, 50 miles southeast of Colorado's border. It could supply 400,000

DENVER – The controversial process known as fracking could soon be getting some federal government oversight. On Thursday, Reps. Diana DeGette and Jared Polis of Colorado were among the legislators introducing the FRAC Act. The bill would require the oil and gas industry to disclose the ch

GILLMAN, Colo. - It's the single largest source of toxic waste in the U.S., and some worry that loopholes in the Clean Water Act could allow the mining industry to turn Colorado's lakes and rivers into dumping ponds for waste. One loophole allows mines to treat nearby lakes, rivers and other wetland

DENVER - New standards for air pollution caused by natural gas development - including standards for the process known as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) - are scheduled to be released next week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The industry claims fracking has minimal environmental impa

DENVER - Coal-fired power plants will soon need to meet tough new standards designed to improve air quality. The standards were announced Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They will require utilities to install devices known as "scrubbers" in coal-fired power plants over the n

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