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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 - CT: Water

Unlike prior years, the 2021 environmental summit will he held online. (Connecticut League of Conservation Voters)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Legislators, advocates and experts are gathering today, virtually, to brainstorm solutions for the myriad threats facing Connecticut's environment. The 21st annual environmental summit, which coincides with the start of the new legislative session, features webinars today, Thursd

The Connecticut River is one of many across the country polluted by companies that have sought environmental waivers during the pandemic. (idenimadept/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Conservation groups are asking a federal judge to make the Environmental Protection Agency enforce pollution controls. They're suing the agency this week in the wake of its decision this spring to not enforce certain environmental laws. Citing COVID-19, the EPA suspended monitor

The Great Island marsh at the mouth of the Connecticut River is part of the proposed Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve. (Kevin O'Brien)

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GROTON, Conn. -- Connecticut soon may get a special reserve to spotlight its estuaries -- where the Connecticut and Thames rivers meet Long Island Sound. It doesn't have an official name yet, but the public can learn more about the proposed National Estuarine Research Reserve at an online public mee

As water temperatures rise, some shorebirds canít find enough of the fish they need to feed their young. (porojnicu/Adobe Stock)

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Rising sea levels and warmer waters are threatening some of Connecticut's bird species, according to a new report. The Connecticut Audubon Society's annual State of the Birds report says water quality in Long Island Sound is as good as it's been since before the height of

The Trump administration has lost 16 of the 17 lawsuits brought by Earthjustice that have resulted in major environmental court decisions so far. (Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Trump administration's efforts to weaken public health and environmental regulations are being roundly defeated in the courts, according to a new report. The administration that promised its supporters would get "tired of winning" apparently doesn't need to worry about

Seismic surveys to locate oil deposits can be especially harmful to whales and dolphins. (WikimediaImages/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Hundreds of Connecticut residents are in Hartford today to speak out against a proposal to open coastal waters to oil and gas drilling. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of the Interior proposed opening 90 percent of the nation's coastline to drilling. That would inclu

Pollution is creating more dead zones in Long Island Sound. (Ryssby/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Efforts to protect Connecticut's air and waterways have stalled – and in some cases, regressed – according to a new report. The annual report of the independent Council on Environmental Quality reveals downward trends in areas that affect public health, a declin

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

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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

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