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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - KY: Toxics

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

A pair of bills in the Kentucky General Assembly would scale back the state's mine safety laws, a move some fear could compromise coal miners. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Legislation that would end mandatory state safety training for mine foremen is just a House vote away from passage in the Kentucky General Assembly. The upper chamber passed Senate Bill 224, 26 to 10, last week. It would allow mine foremen to get safety training from an independ

On Thursday, Kentucky lawmakers heard about the economic benefits of requiring utilities to use more renewable energy sources. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Kentucky-based environmental consultant says the state can no longer afford to miss out on clean-energy jobs. The House Economic Development Committee was briefed Thursday on the need for a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. The standard, which requires ut

Support is holding firm among Kentuckians for a statewide smoke-free law, according to new polling numbers. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILE, Ky. - A new Kentucky Health Issues poll shows two thirds of the state's adults favor a statewide smoke-free law. The General Assembly has repeatedly rejected bills that would prohibit smoking in all public places and workplaces leaving protections from secondhand smoke up to local commun

A new report shows spending on tobacco prevention in Kentucky is tiny compared with what the tobacco companies spend on marketing their products in the state. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky is spending $2.5 million this year on tobacco prevention, 36th in the nation, according to a new report. But, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reveals tobacco companies are blowing that effort away spending an estimated $292.8 million on marketing their products in the st

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

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