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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2019 


Could the nation’s airports be the next pressure points in the government shutdown? Also on our Monday rundown: Calls go out to improve food safety; and a new report renews calls for solutions to Detroit’s water woes.

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Public News Service - KY: Energy Policy

More than 40 members of Congress have joined young people calling for a Select Committee for the Green New Deal. (Linh Do/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Sunrise Movement, a youth movement calling for action on climate change, is set to make big moves in 2019. At the end of 2018, more than 1,000 young people, including 75 from Kentucky, gathered in the halls of Congress to call for support of the Green New Deal - legislat

Environmental groups say investments in electric vehicle technology can help reduce nitrogen oxide emissions and clean up the air in Kentucky. (Twenty20.com)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky is expected to get millions of dollars as part of the Volkswagen emissions settlement, and environmental groups are asking state leaders to spend the money wisely. After admitting to cheating on emissions tests and deceiving customers, the automaker agreed to a near

Thousands of oil-covered birds had to be rehabilitated after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (MacKenzie/US Fish & Wildlife Service)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Migratory Bird Treaty Act turns 100 this week, leading conservation groups to dub 2018 the "Year of the Bird" – and to ask the Trump administration to live up to the spirit of the law. The MBTA made it illegal to pursue, hunt, take or capture migratory birds. Last

Acidic water runoff from coal mine land in eastern Kentucky. (Ilovemountains.org/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's coal country could get new life under legislation on Capitol Hill. A group of concerned citizens and organizations gathers today at the Lexington office of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to encourage his action to pass the RECLAIM Act (HR 1731). The bill would r

Kentucky ranks 40th nationally for solar installed, which includes about 3,000 homes. (Jon Callas/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A Kentucky House committee is debating controversial legislation that opponents say will kill the viability of solar in the Commonwealth. More than 100 solar supporters attended an impromptu committee hearing last week on House Bill 227, which would reduce the money solar re

Utility programs that offer rebates for the purchase of energy efficient appliances are popular among Kentucky electric customers. (Andy Melton/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Programs that help some Kentuckians save money on their utility bills could go by the wayside. Louisville Gas and Electric, and Kentucky Utilities, want to end more than a dozen energy-efficiency programs for residential customers. The companies say the programs have been

Some Eastern Kentuckians say they've had enough of Kentucky Power's rate increases. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Time is running out to comment on Kentucky Power's plan to raise electric bills by 15 percent. The third in a series of public hearings about the proposal will be held Wednesday night in Ashland. The Public Service Commission approved rate increases for the utility in 2006

Researchers say Kentucky needs stronger policies that encourage utilities to offer energy efficiency programs to customers. (Daniel X. O'Neil/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new report highlights the strides the Bluegrass State is making in energy efficiency – and also points out areas where it could do better. Kentucky moved up two notches from last year, now ranking 28th in an annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. And it's among

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