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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - KY: Energy Policy

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

Public input on Kentucky's energy future is seen as an important part of the state's request for a two-year extension for coming up with a plan to meet the country's first-ever limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sept. 6 is the cutoff date for states to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s deadline for having a plan in place to comply with the country's first-ever limits on pollution from coal-fired power plants. Kentucky will seek a two-year extension for coming up with

These high school students from the coal fields of eastern Kentucky say their hometowns need the federal investment that the White House's Power Plus Plan proposes. (Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative)

HAZARD, Ky. – The White House's proposal to reinvest in coal communities across Appalachia has a group of young, tech-savvy allies. Student leaders from 17 high schools in 14 eastern Kentucky counties have voted, unanimously, in support of the Power Plus Plan. The resolution comes from the

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

A grassroots organization is seeking your input on a people's plan for clean energy in Kentucky. The Empower Kentucky project counters political leaders who are digging in against the federal government's efforts to clean up dirty power plants.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A grassroots organization that long has championed energy diversification in Kentucky says it will have a people's plan for clean energy in place by June. Kentuckians For The Commonwealth has launched Empower Kentucky, an effort to develop solutions for transitioning away from coal

Ideas for economic diversification flow in as coal production dips. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

HARLAN, Ky. - U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA 17th District) says "coal built this country" and now it's time to help those regions diversify their economies. The congressman from northeast Pennsylvania has filed the Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act, which proposes pu

Whitesburg first in Kentucky. to pass a resolution supporting the Power Plus Plan. Credit: Art of the Rural.

WHITESBURG, Ky. – Support for the Obama administration's plan to revitalize Appalachian communities suffering from the loss of coal mining jobs is picking up steam in Kentucky. The city councils in Whitesburg and Benham have unanimously passed resolutions supporting the Power Plus Plan, and

Advocates for cleaner air say those living closest to coal-fired power plants will benefit the most from the EPA's new pollution rules. Credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As the Obama administration's 15-year plan to cut carbon emissions by nearly one-third begins, an American Lung Association report underscores the challenges that lay ahead. According to the State of the Air 2015 report, more than 138 million Americans – about 44 perce

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