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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - KY: Climate Change/Air Quality

BEREA, Ky. - The federal Environmental Protection Agency embarked on a listening tour in Eastern Kentucky recently to vet resident concerns about the impacts of coal mining, especially the practice of mountaintop removal. The visit came days after the release of joint poll results from two survey f

FRANKFORT, Ky. - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's philanthropic organization is committing a multi-million-dollar grant to the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign to hasten the transition to cleaner energy sources. One goal of the partnership is to cut coal production by a third by 2020, says Laur

BEREA, Ky. - Kentucky is one of 27 states that will have to work with coal-fired power plants to reduce air pollution, as directed recently by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. New rules aimed at reducing smokestack emissions that cause soot and smog will take effect next year - and not

WINCHESTER, Ky. - A weekend "Rally for the Rivers" is turning into an ongoing campaign to get Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to strengthen enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act. Protesters gathered near the Kentucky River in Clark County to draw attention to the mercury and other toxic polluta

BEREA, Ky. - Babies born in areas near mountaintop mining sites are at greater risk for birth defects, according to a new study. A team of university researchers examined more than 1.8 million birth records from 1996 to 2003 in four central Appalachian states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West

LONDON, Ky. - An environmental group is taking on a coal company for what it says is illegal water pollution at a large surface mine in Leslie County. The Sierra Club, in the first such suit it has filed, accuses the coal company ICG Hazard of violating environmental rules by dumping toxic amounts o

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The top opponents in Kentucky's race for Governor, incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams, both pledge to take on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over what they see as overreaching regulations. However, long-time environmental

LEXINGTON, Ky. - It was no ordinary haircut for mother Alissa Rossi, who visited a downtown Lexington salon - not for a new look to her locks but to see if her mane shows mercury concentrations in her body. The Sierra Club is sponsoring similar events across the nation to draw attention to the heal

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