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PNS Daily Newscast - October 16, 2018 


President Trump tours hurricane-ravaged parts of Florida. Also on the Tuesday rundown: We examine whether the U.S. spending too much to guard confederate cemeteries; and the spotlight is on mental health during National Children’s Health Month.

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Public News Service - MA: Environment

Mass. has a target of 3.2 GW of offshore wind power by 2035, but advocates hoped for more. (David_Kaspar/Pixabay)

WORCESTER, Mass. – On Saturday, Bay Staters will be participating in Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice, an international day of action for green jobs and bold action against climate change. Rallies are taking place in multiple cities, including Boston, Provincetown, Beverly and Worcester. A

Environmentalists say raising fuel-efficiency standards helps slow climate change that causes severe weather, flash floods and extreme temperatures. (Schwoaze/Pixabay)

MEDFORD, Mass. – State, city and business leaders say the EPA's plan to freeze the fuel-efficiency standard is bad for public health, the environment and consumers. After months of wrangling, the EPA on Thursday released its plan to freeze the fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light tru

Time is running short for the Massachusetts House and Senate to decide on the rate of growth for renewable energy in the Commonwealth. (Pixabay)

BOSTON – The Massachusetts House and Senate have passed energy bills that dictate the percentage of renewable energy in which the Commonwealth will invest by raising the Renewable Portfolio Standard. That's the percentage of electricity that utilities have to get from renewable sources. Th

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, on the steps of the Supreme Court, told the crowd,

BOSTON – A fight is already brewing over the replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement this week. President Donald Trump said he'll begin work on choosing Kennedy's replacement "immediately," and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell announced

Some New England farmers are concerned the Monsanto-Bayer merger will consolidate control of more than a quarter of the world’s seed and pesticides market.(Liz West.)

BOSTON – The German pharmaceutical and chemical company, Bayer, is known for aspirin, but it is also a key manufacturer of seeds and pesticides. Now it is about to sweep up Monsanto, the U.S.-based agricultural giant. This impacts New England farmers who depend on vegetable seeds. Accord

A 30-Megawatt offshore wind farm, the first in the nation, went into operation off Block Island in 2016. (U.S. Dept. of Energy)

BOSTON – The Bay State has taken a major step toward construction of the nation's first major offshore wind farm. Vineyard Wind has been selected to construct the project that will generate 800 megawatts of electric power, enough for a half-million homes. According to Emily Norton, director

A study says the state will need up to five fast-charging stations for every 1,000 electric cars. (GuillermoMemo/Pixabay)

BOSTON – The Bay State is planning on having 300,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025, and a new study outlines how to keep them charged. Right now, there are about 13,000 electric cars in the state. Nationally, sales of electric cars have gone up more than 30 percent in the past two

Fewer than 5 percent of single-use plastic bags are recycled. (Kate Ter Haar/Flickr)

BOSTON – The Boston City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would ban plastic bags in the city. The average plastic bag given out at store checkout counters is used for about 12 minutes. They are non-biodegradable, clog landfills and pollute the air when burned. Th

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