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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


2020Talks - September 18, 2020 


Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - KY: Water

The controversy over waste illegally dumped in a Kentucky landfill from out-of-state fracking operations has made its way to a legislative committee hearing in Frankfort. (Sierra Club)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The fallout continues from the unauthorized dumping of fracking waste from West Virginia into a Kentucky landfill. Nearly 2,000 tons of the low-level radioactive waste was moved to the Blue Ridge Landfill near Irvine, a violation of Estill County's host agreement with the solid-was

KU and LG&E want to place a rate surcharge on the bills of their electric customers to help clean and cap coal-ash ponds at power plants such as this one. (Alex DeSha)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Sister power companies, KU and LG&E want their customers to help pay for compliance with new federal environmental rules. The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings on the requests next week in Louisville and Lexington. The utilities want to add a surcharge to

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

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

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

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

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