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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - KY: Public Lands/Wilderness

Retired journalist Jim Branscome, a native of Appalachia who covered the War on Poverty, has a plan for reviving the coal region's economy. (Joel Blocker)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the decline of the coal industry in Appalachia, plenty of ideas are being raised on how to revive the region's economy. Jim Branscome, a former journalist and retired managing director of Standard and Poor's Financial Services, calls his the Appalachian Homestead Act, a

Ideas for Kentucky's transition to a clean-energy economy are gathered at a public forum in Lexington. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Listening to the voices of Kentuckians about the Bluegrass State's energy future is the idea behind a series of six dinner conversations going on this spring across the state. Tonya Torp, who attended A Seat at the Table event in her hometown of Lexington, says the state has

Red flags signal opposition to a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline project in Kentucky. (KFTC)

MARION COUNTY, Ky. – Kentuckians opposed to re-purposing a pipeline to transport natural gas liquids are using Earth Day this week as a launching pad to increase awareness. The energy company Kinder Morgan proposes moving byproducts of gas drilling – such as propane, butane and ethane

The Russell Fork River, an outdoor gem on the Kentucky-Virginia border, is on a list of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2016. (Steve Ruth)

ELKHORN CITY, Ky. - The Russell Fork River, which carves a spectacular 52-mile path along the Kentucky-Virginia border, has landed on the list of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2016. Avid kayaker Steve Ruth, a member of the Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council, described the listing as a "real t

Environmental activism is flourishing in Kentucky's communities of nuns, a commitment the sisters describe as a sacred trust. (Laura Michele Diener)

MARION COUNTY, Ky. – Environmental activism is flourishing in communities of Roman Catholic nuns stretching from the Bluegrass to Appalachia. Susan Classen is among 85 women who live at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Loretto. Those 788 acres of land in Marion County are home to both vowed

Conservationists want state lawmakers to restore funding cuts that the conservationists say have crippled land-conservation programs in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Conservationists are in Frankfort today, telling lawmakers that budget cuts are handcuffing efforts to protect public lands - land often used for recreation. Ruth Banberger, the Sierra Club's legislative chair, said the state is "robbing" funds specifically earmarked for land-conse

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

New federal regulations on pollution from surface mining, known as the Stream Protection Rule, are the focus of a public hearing tonight in Lexington. Credit: Vivian Stockman. Flyover courtesy SouthWings.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement will hold a public hearing in Lexington tonight about a proposed rule to determine how water pollution from mining operations is tested, regulated, controlled and enforced. Teri Blanton, a member of the grassroo

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