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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2018 


Robert Muller now expected to reveal findings of his probe right after the November Midterm Elections. Also on the Thursday rundown: the poorest people pay the highest taxes in states like Nevada; and the terminator fights gerrymandering.

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Public News Service - IN: Environment

Environmental groups say water quality control standards for the Ohio River are crucial for Indiana, given its position downstream. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS – A vote this week will determine if Indiana and other states will lose some pollution control standards for the Ohio River. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, known as ORSANCO, has provided oversight of pollution levels in the river for more than seven decades.

Indiana's third annual Climate Leadership Summit starts Thursday in Indianapolis. (Earth Charter Indiana)

INDIANAPOLIS – The threat of climate change to Indiana cities is the focus of discussion at an annual gathering Thursday in Indianapolis. Mayors, city planners and engineers are among those joining environmental advocates at the third annual Climate Leadership Summit. As a coordinator for

Pear trees have been showing up in places where they weren't intentionally planted. (in.gov)  Pear trees have been showing up in places where they weren't intentionally planted. (in.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Drive around Indiana, or anywhere in the Midwest, and you're likely to see some trees that turn green early and have a beautiful white bloom early in spring. They're likely Bradford pears, but state officials aren't big fans and are asking residents to avoid planting them. Meg

More than one in four deaths of children under 5 years of age can be linked to unhealthy environments. (nih.gov)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – How the environment impacts the health of Americans has long been a heated topic of discussion, and an expert on the subject says the federal government isn't doing enough research on pollution or taking enough action to prevent children from being exposed to it. Lawrence

Advocates are asking for more oversight of confined animal feeding operations. (hecweb.org)

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers will consider several bills that are important to the environment this legislative session. They cover solar, state forests, safe drinking water and factory-farm pollution. Tim Maloney, senior policy director with the Hoosier Environmental Council, said there

Plastic waste is broken down by currents and sunlight and is often ingested by wildlife. (usgs.gov)

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Clean-water advocates say they’re are hoping 2018 will be a year of better water quality in the Great Lakes and oceans. Carolyn Box, science program director at 5 Gyres, warns that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the water than fish, with 95 percen

About 48,000 Hoosiers are employed in the clean-energy sector. (energy.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana came in pretty low this year on a state scorecard for energy efficiency, and advocates of improving that ranking say consumers are missing out on savings. They contend the Hoosier State is using outdated building compliance codes, and that modernizing them will help th

A timber sale in some of Indiana's most popular forests begins on Nov. 9. (Dave Simcox)

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. – As the date approaches for the start of logging of 300 acres in the Yellowwood Backcountry Area of Indiana, Brown County residents are hoping to stop it. The trees are set to be sold off next week in an area that covers Brown and parts of Monroe counties, and some of the

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