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PNS Daily Newscast UPDATE - October 17, 2019 


Congressman Elijah Cummings has died. Also on the rundown: President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 


Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - MI: Environment

A new report finds that 130 million Americans depend on water systems that have violated the Safe Drinking Water Act. (Earl 53/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Low-income communities of color – such as Flint, Michigan, or Newark, New Jersey – are much more likely than white, more affluent towns to suffer with polluted water for years, according to a new report. The study, called Watered Down Justice, analyzed Environmen

Water justice advocates are coming together after the Global Climate Strike. (Jeff Schmaltz/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

LANSING, Mich. – Great Lakes residents concerned about water justice are gathering in Ontario next week. The 2019 Water Is Life Alliance Summit is on Sept. 28 and this year's theme is "Water Justice in a Climate Emergency." Diane Weckerle, a board member with Michigan Citizens for Water Co

Contaminated foam gathers on Van Etten Lake near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. (Michigan DEQ/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - A new report offers a road map to clean up toxic PFAS chemicals from waters in the Great Lakes region and makes an urgent case for stepping up the pace. The National Wildlife Federation report calls for action on the local, state and federal level to combat PFAS pollution from mili

Soon after taking office, the Trump administration announced plans to weaken tailpipe emission and fuel-economy standards. (jppi/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – General Motors and other automakers are debating whether to join a deal to keep clean car standards high – an agreement between the state of California and VW, Ford, BMW and Honda. The deal would conform closely to current Obama-era targets and would block a rollback b

Oil and gas wells that are tapped out can be re-purposed to store industrial waste. (Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A new online map helps people find out if any waste-injection wells are being permitted near them. The map pinpoints all the sites in Michigan where companies have applied to dump toxic waste from oil and gas exploration. Peggy Case, president of the group Michigan Citizen

Algal blooms, like this one in Monroe in 2011, are one example of water quality problems in the Great Lakes region. (NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory/Wikimedia Commons)

DETROIT – As the Democratic candidates gather in Detroit next week for the second round of debates, the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition is pressing them to make clean water a top priority. Some 30 million Americans depend on the Great Lakes for drinking water – and yet massive

The Poweshiek Skipperling butterfly is found in only six places in the world  and four of them are in Michigan. New legislation in Congress would help preserve remaining habitat. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

LANSING, Mich. — A new bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., would put almost $1.4 billion a year toward pulling at-risk animal and plant species back from the brink – with about $27 million of that for Michigan. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would allow states a

Lake Van Etten is one of many bodies of water in Michigan plagued by PFAS foam. (MI DHHS)

LANSING, Mich. – That white, sticky foam that's fouled quite a few Michigan shorelines is more dangerous than previously believed, and state environmental officials are warning people not to touch it. Prior warnings about toxic PFAS foam advised against swallowing it, but new data shows high

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