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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2020 


The Biden inauguration speech seen as a potential launching point for a resilient democracy; an increase in mental distress noted in Virginia.


2021Talks - January 19, 2021 


Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MKL and prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation introduced in Congress could expand access to voting and reduce partisan gerrymandering.

Public News Service - MD: Energy Policy

A new Maryland report emphasizes the importance of environmental justice in forming clean energy policies. (Tom Pelton/Environmental Integrity Project)

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BALTIMORE, Md. -- Environmental groups are praising a new report that recommends Maryland reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% by 2030. That's 10 years sooner than the state's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act calls for. The Maryland Commission on Climate Change Annual Report also endor

Advocates opposed to Maryland's new gas pipeline project say that drilling can cause sludge, mud and sediment to back up into nearby houses. (Adobe stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Coming just days after Maryland committed to a regional wind-energy partnership, a group of environmental advocates is urging Gov. Larry Hogan and the state's Board of Public Works to reject a key permit for a proposed gas pipeline project. They say Maryland officials need to be

Environmental groups oppose a proposed fracked-gas pipeline expected to run through rivers and farmland on Maryland's Eastern Shore. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Environmental groups and local residents are speaking out against a proposed fracked-gas pipeline to run through rivers, farms and forests from Delaware to Maryland's Eastern Shore. The Hogan administration held a public hearing about Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company's plan to bu

Rising temperatures from climate change tend to affect a city's most vulnerable neighborhoods, according to a new report. (Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development)

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BALTIMORE - This time of year, it's hard to think about summer heat waves, but a new report says Baltimore and other big cities should prepare for them. The study of more than 100 U.S. cities found a correlation between rising temperatures and poor neighborhoods. It pinpoints areas with a history

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the state includes a controversial proposal to widen the Capital Beltway and add toll lanes. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland's climate action plan, which was released in October by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, will not help the state reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 44% by 2030 as promised, according to a new report. Scott Williamson is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Climate Strategi

A new task force in Maryland aims to help install new solar-panel projects at the state’s community colleges and universities. (Adobe stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order last week that establishes a task force to recommend where to put solar- and wind-energy projects in the state. The new group includes key stakeholders from state agencies along with representatives from

A wind farm planned off the Maryland coast will provide more than 10 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, according to the Danish company behind the project. (Max Topchii/Adobe Stock)

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OCEAN CITY, Md. – A long-planned wind farm off the coast of Ocean City moved closer to reality this week with the announcement that a new staging area is being built at the Port of Baltimore. Wind turbines will be assembled at the port and then shipped out to sea. The Skipjack Wind Farm s

Bills in the Maryland General Assembly would require the Public Service Commission to allow a utility to apply for an alternative rate plan at the same time it applies for new base rates. (pasja1000/Pixabay)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland's attorney general and Public Service Commission are voicing concerns over a bill that would give the utility companies more power to increase their own rates. Now, if a utility wants to raise gas or electric rates, it has to plead its case before the Maryland Publi

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