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PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2020 


NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash with his daughter. And states work to make U.S. Census fair for people of color.

2020Talks - January 27, 2020 


Polls are back and forth, but frontrunners are emerging. So many Iowa voters, though, are still undecided, so anything could happen. Plus, Andrew Yang qualifies for NH debate.

Public News Service - KY: Water

PHOTO:  Conservationists call a circuit judge's decision on a waste water discharge permit for this coal-fired power plant in Trimble County a victory for clean water in Kentucky.  Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Calling it a landmark court decision, environmentalists say a judge's ruling in Frankfort that will remove one source of pollution from the Ohio River shows a much bigger "victory for clean water and public health." At the heart of the legal battle is a permit that had allow

PHOTO:  Map showing general path of proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. Credit: Bluegrass Pipeline project

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The two companies that are working together to move natural gas liquids through new and repurposed pipelines in Kentucky defended their controversial project before state lawmakers Thursday. The developers of the Bluegrass Pipeline – Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Par

PHOTO: Coal is at the center of President Obama's plan to deal with pollution and its effects on climate.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - President Obama warned of the disastrous effects of climate change on Tuesday as he unveiled a wide-ranging plan to deal with pollution and global warming. "We need to act," Obama said - a message drawing praise from the Sierra Club in Kentucky. "It's time to take bold action for

PHOTO: A Kentucky Senator attempts to fast-track coal mining permits through congressional legislation. Environmentalists say that is a bad idea.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky's top Republican politician wants to force the Environmental Protection Agency to start acting on coal-mining permits or they would be approved automatically. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is trying to fast-track permits, claiming the federal agency's inaction is costing th

PHOTO: Citizens in central Appalachia are calling on the EPA to clean up

WHITESBURG, Ky. - Kentuckians who live in central Appalachia say they have a problem with dirty water and they don't think the state is doing enough to clean it up. So, they've joined residents of three neighboring states - Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia - on visits to regional EPA offices to

PHOTO:  Kentucky House passes resolution urging LG&E to not use the Wentworth Lime Cave as part of a coal ash landfill in Trimble County.  Photo courtesy of Sierra Club.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – State lawmakers are weighing in on an environmental controversy which has morphed into a debate over historic preservation. A unanimous Kentucky House has approved a resolution urging a power company to drop its plans to store coal ash in a Trimble County cave. The resolution

PHOTO:  Carl Shoupe of Harlan County calls for a transition to clean energy during this year's I Love Mountains Day at the state Capitol Thursday.  Credit Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Thursday was Valentine's Day, but on the steps of the Capitol it was "I Love Mountains Day." The annual rally drew attention to the call by environmentalists to move away from mountaintop removal to a more diverse clean-energy approach in the heart of coal country. Among the

PHOTO: The governor's tax reform commission did not address the idea of a permanent trust fund for coal severance tax money in its final report. Courtesy energy4me.

WHITESBURG, Ky. - In the heart of Kentucky's coalfields, future investment in the region is a big issue. Given that situation, the Sierra Club in Kentucky says the governor's tax reform commission passed up a good chance to address "real investment" in the state's coalfield counties. The tax overh

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