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PNS Daily Newscast - August 21, 2019 


The Trump administration weakens banking regulations; and events this weekend mark the 400th anniversary of slavery in the United States. (Broadcaster Note: Our 6-min. newscast now has an optional outcue at 3 minutes: “This is PNS.”)

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Public News Service - KY: Climate Change/Air Quality

These high school students from the coal fields of eastern Kentucky say their hometowns need the federal investment that the White House's Power Plus Plan proposes. (Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative)

HAZARD, Ky. – The White House's proposal to reinvest in coal communities across Appalachia has a group of young, tech-savvy allies. Student leaders from 17 high schools in 14 eastern Kentucky counties have voted, unanimously, in support of the Power Plus Plan. The resolution comes from the

The global climate change deal reached over the weekend in Paris is expected to impact the future of Kentucky's coal-based economy. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The head of the Sierra Club says the new climate agreement among 196 countries, including the United States, is a "dramatic turning point" in the fight against global warming. Michael Brune, who was in Paris as the historic deal was finalized over the weekend, predicts the p

Advocates call for a statewide, smoke-free law to protect Kentucky's children from secondhand smoke. (Credit: Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one-third of Kentucky is covered by local smoke-free laws, prohibiting smoking indoors in public places. But what about the rest of the state? Children's advocates are pushing for a statewide smoke-free law, claiming in a new issue brief it would be a "win" for children, in

Conservation groups in Kentucky say a settlement with a coal company over water pollution sends a strong message about the need for enforcement. Credit Alex DeShay/Sierra Club

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A coalition of citizens' groups that exposed thousands of Clean Water Act violations at one coal company's surface mining operations in eastern Kentucky has reached a settlement with the state's regulatory agency and the company. In the settlement with five conservation group

A grassroots organization is seeking your input on a people's plan for clean energy in Kentucky. The Empower Kentucky project counters political leaders who are digging in against the federal government's efforts to clean up dirty power plants.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A grassroots organization that long has championed energy diversification in Kentucky says it will have a people's plan for clean energy in place by June. Kentuckians For The Commonwealth has launched Empower Kentucky, an effort to develop solutions for transitioning away from coal

Ideas for economic diversification flow in as coal production dips. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

HARLAN, Ky. - U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA 17th District) says "coal built this country" and now it's time to help those regions diversify their economies. The congressman from northeast Pennsylvania has filed the Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act, which proposes pu

Whitesburg first in Kentucky. to pass a resolution supporting the Power Plus Plan. Credit: Art of the Rural.

WHITESBURG, Ky. – Support for the Obama administration's plan to revitalize Appalachian communities suffering from the loss of coal mining jobs is picking up steam in Kentucky. The city councils in Whitesburg and Benham have unanimously passed resolutions supporting the Power Plus Plan, and

Advocates for cleaner air say those living closest to coal-fired power plants will benefit the most from the EPA's new pollution rules. Credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As the Obama administration's 15-year plan to cut carbon emissions by nearly one-third begins, an American Lung Association report underscores the challenges that lay ahead. According to the State of the Air 2015 report, more than 138 million Americans – about 44 perce

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