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PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 


Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - CT: Water

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

The EPA is scheduled to update regulations for copper and lead in drinking water this year. (Meir Roth/Pexels)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Environmental advocates say a new executive order issued by President Trump threatens clean air and water safeguards and puts communities at risk. It's called the Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. But according to Martin Ha

Under a consent decree approved in 2000, General Electric agreed to clean up PCBs in the Housatonic River.  (John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons)

LITCHFIELD, Conn. – The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected General Electric's objections to a plan to remove PCBs from the Housatonic River. The EPA's $613 million plan calls for sediment to be dredged from the river south of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where GE dumped the PCBs into

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