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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - IN: Water

There are 38 nuclear reactors on the Great Lakes, and a watchdog group says more people need to get involved in the effort to protect our water. (Nuclear Energy Information Service)

INDIANAPOLIS – Between Canada and the United States there are 38 nuclear reactors on the Great Lakes, and a watchdog group says if something isn't done, the world's largest body of surface water will become a nuclear garbage dump. Dave Kraft, director of the Nuclear Energy Information Servic

Parents and children are asking Indiana lawmakers to do more to ensure clean air and water in the state. (Kiyana Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - State lawmakers are still mulling over a bill that would give the federal government more power over environmental rules and standards in Indiana. The Hoosier Environmental Council has been fighting it and on Monday invited parents and students to the Statehouse to help convince law

Environmentalists call HB 1082 a huge threat to Indiana because it would tie the hands of local governments in dealing with air and water pollution. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – What some are calling the worst environmental bill Indiana has seen is coming up for a vote this week at the Statehouse. The idea behind House Bill 1082, also known as No More Stringent Than bill, is to keep environmental regulators from passing state laws that are more restri

A petcoke ship docked on Chicago's southeast side. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

INDIANAPOLIS - Tons of oil-refining waste known as petcoke is on the move from Indiana across the country, and the Natural Resources Defense Council is watching. The group worked with people who live along the Calumet River in South Chicago, Ill., to keep a BP facility in Whiting, Ind., from dumping

PHOTO: Disgust and contamination concerns keep people flushing the toilet after each use, according to a new survey from Indiana University-Bloomington. But the researchers say flushing the toilet less often could significantly reduce household water usage. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

INDIANAPOLIS - When it comes to water conservation, experts in Indiana say every drop in the bucket counts including those drops in the commode. According to a survey from Indiana University-Bloomington, toilets are a huge water guzzler, accounting for more than a quarter of household water use.

GRAPHIC: The U.S. Supreme Court delayed a rule to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, although they let the rule stand while the EPA rewrites a portion of it. Mercury emissions typically enter the food chain through waterways. Graphic courtesy of the National Park Service.

INDIANAPOLIS – Critics say it's a win, and so do supporters. The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards means the agency will have to go back to the drawing board on the rule, but the rule still stands in Indiana – at least for now. Earthjustice staff at

PHOTO: With warm temperatures and plenty of sunlight, summer is prime time for the spread of blue-green algae that can threaten the health of Indiana's lakes and reservoirs. Photo credit: Willem van Aken, CSIRO/Wikimedia.

INDIANAPOLIS – With summer getting underway, experts say blue-green algae fueled by nutrient pollution are certain to return to lakes and streams in Indiana. Kim Ferraro, water and agriculture policy director with the Hoosier Environmental Council, says while some forms of algae are good for

PHOTO: Swimming is synonymous with summer fun and, with pools opening up in Indiana this week, health officials say itís important to understand basic swimming safety. Photo credit: Emily Beeson/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Summer is almost here and while some Hoosiers are ready to dive into pools, ponds and lakes to stay cool, health experts are reminding residents about the dangers of drowning. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there were more than 300 drowning deaths in the

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