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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2020 


University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and the work-from-home trend could be a boon for people with disabilities.

2020Talks - May 26, 2020 


Monday was Memorial Day. More than 100,000 people in the five major U.S. territories are military veterans, but can't vote for commander-in-chief. Plus, Puerto Rico has a statehood referendum this November.

Public News Service - IN: Sustainable Agriculture

A pollinator-friendly solar farm provides acres of healthy food for bees as well as creating clean energy. (Fresh Energy)

INDIANAPOLIS -- There was a loud buzz over bees in Indiana this weekend, as more than 1,200 beekeepers gathered in Indianapolis to learn the latest ways to protect them. Co-chair of Indiana Bee School 2020 Debbie Seib said beekeepers are key defenders of honey bees, whose population has declined by

Soybeans can be planted over a cereal rye cover crop. (Bmargaret/Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS – A farming practice that could make land more sustainable in the future appears to be growing in popularity in Indiana. Cover crops are planted in the off-season to help protect soil from water and wind erosion, and reduce nutrient runoff. The Environmental Working Group comp

A panel is taking public testimony to determine if legislation is needed to regulate factory farms. (usda.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS — The question of what to do about runoff from concentrated animal-feeding operations, known as CAFOs, continues to be a topic of debate in Indiana. Environmental groups and farming activists have clashed over how much regulation the industry needs, and a public hearing on the top

Hikers along the Knobstone Trail and others are finding areas that have been logged and clear cut. (Indiana Forest Alliance)

INDIANAPOLIS – Logging in state forests in Indiana has been stepped up, and that's not sitting well with hikers. The state ranks ninth in the nation in total lumber production according to the Department of Natural Resources. Those who use popular trails such as Knobstone and Tecumseh say mor

An inventory of Indiana's older forests already has identified more than 1,250 species, with hundreds more still being tallied. (Indiana Forest Alliance)

INDIANAPOLIS - Scientists have spent the past few years in some of Indiana's older forests, trying to inventory flora, fauna and wildlife before the trees are cut down to be sold as timber. The Indiana Forest Alliance has gotten a two-year grant to expand the study. The inventory, known as the Ecob

Two Indiana universities are working to keep fertilizers from ending up in local waterways, and have gotten recognition for their research from the White House. (in.gov)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A new program aimed at improving water quality in the nation's heartland by using watershed-scale conservation to reduce nutrient runoff from farms has been recognized by the Obama Administration during the United Nations World Water Day Summit. The program is a collaborati

Work will begin in the spring to restore habitat around Lake George in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. (Save the Dunes)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and is the state's biggest tourist attraction, with an estimated 3 million visitors a year. Nicole Barker, executive director of the group Save the Dunes, says most people aren't aware the National

Indiana corn growers are taking a hit this year after rains dampened the planting season. Credit: butkovicdub/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - The sun is not shining on Indiana's corn growers this summer. This week, the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour estimated corn yields across six regions of the state at 142 bushels per acre, which is below Indiana's three-year average. And a U.S. Department of Agriculture report this mont

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