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PNS Daily Newscast - October 22, 2018 


The Trump administration moves to narrow the definition of sexual identity. Also on the Monday rundown: is climate change causing a shift eastward for Tornado Alley? Plus Election Day should find more polling places on Nevada Tribal Lands.

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Public News Service - CT: Urban Planning/Transportation

New Milford will be getting new park benches and game-top tables on its walking path, with funds from an AARP grant. (Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The towns of Hebron, New Milford and Stafford have just received grants from the 2018 AARP Challenge to beautify their public spaces and make their areas more livable. Nationwide, 127 communities will divvy up $1.3 million in grant money. The program, in its second year, re

Building the infrastructure for electric vehicles will be key to reducing carbon emissions from transportation. (stanvpetersen/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. — The second in a series of public listening sessions on the development of a regional clean transportation and climate initiative is taking place in Hartford today. Policy makers, business leaders and other stakeholders from seven Northeastern states and Washington, D.C., ar

About 85 percent of Connecticut students ride buses to public schools, which exposes them to greater levels of air pollution. (School Bus Central/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Environmentalists want Connecticut to use some of the money from the Volkswagen settlement to help children in low-income communities affected by air pollution. The state will be getting almost $51 million from the car maker's $20 billion settlement for deliberately cheating

Atlantic sturgeon travel 140 miles up the Connecticut River to spawn. (NASA Earth Observatory)

OLD LYME, Conn. – Environmental advocates are concerned that a proposed railroad tunnel could threaten endangered species in Connecticut. The original plan for the Northeast Corridor rail project called for a bridge over the Connecticut River. But, in the year between the release of the draf

Expanding existing energy efficiency and renewables policies would help Connecticut reach target reductions in greenhouse gases. (SayCheeeeeese/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing in Connecticut, putting state-mandated reduction targets at risk. The state is legally required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020. But new analysis by the Acadia Center shows the state's tota

Bike riders are getting used to a new law that took effect July 1 that instructs riders to ride as far to the right as is judged safe by the cyclist. Credit: ggpht.com

HARTFORD, Conn. - Summer is a peak time for bike riding, and cyclists all across the state are just now getting used to a new bike safety law that took effect this month. The state dropped a confusing word from a bike safety law, said Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike Walk Connecticut. The

The Senate Appropriations Committee gets back to work on Amtrak's budget, and Connecticut Senators says the issue not only impacts train safety, but traffic jams as well. Credit - Wikimedia A. Moriera

HARTFORD, Conn. - As folks head back to work after the long weekend, both of Connecticut's Senators say the rails would be a whole lot safer and the roads less clogged if Amtrak were properly funded. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) says Japan's Bullet train hurtles along at 200 miles per hour but h

As the NTSB investigates Tuesday's fatal train derailment near Philadelphia, a commuter advocate says the accident could point to rail issues in the heavily-traveled Northeast corridor. Credit: Patrick Murphy, former Pennsylvania congressman who was aboard the train.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Investigators are probing everything from speed to track signals in connection with Tuesday's fatal Amtrak derailment which occurred on a heavily-used stretch of track. Jim Cameron, founder of the Commuter Action Group, says it's too early to pinpoint what went wrong near Phila

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