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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2018 


Manafort and Cohen guilty as charged. Also on the Wednesday rundown: federal figures predict little boost to coal jobs; the EPA admits new coal rules endanger health; and it turns out consumer want better MPG despite Trump fuel standard rollbacks.

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Public News Service - MI: Environment

A recent government report showed an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac could generate costs of $2 billion to $6 billion in damages. (Wikimedia Commons)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The battle over whether to decommission or replace the Line Five oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac comes to Traverse City tomorrow and Monday, with two public hearings. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is hosting a public forum on Saturday and a legislative field

Michigan's five national parks attract 2.5 million people every year. (James Sisk/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – National parks in Michigan and around the nation could get some much needed TLC if Congress acts to provide much needed financial support. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is promoting bipartisan legislation that would address the $12 billion maintenance backlog at

The National Park Service estimates that the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore needs almost $17 million in repairs. (National Park Service)

LANSING, Mich. – Legislation to fund billions of dollars in deferred maintenance in America’s national parks gets a hearing in Washington on Wednesday. The Restore Our Parks Act would set up a fund dedicated to national parks using money from onshore and offshore drilling for oil, gas

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause nearly 18,500 fires annually, including the giant Eagle Creek fire in Oregon last year that ended up destroying 48,000 acres. (U.S. Forest Service)

LANSING, Mich. – The risk of wildfire started by fireworks is higher than normal this Fourth of July because of the recent hot, dry weather. The heat is drying out vegetation, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The agency is asking people to take extra precautions, es

The Michigan Progressive Summit will address the wide variety of attacks on labor, consumers and the environment coming from lawmakers in Lansing and Washington, D.C. (MI Progressive Summit)

FLINT, Mich. – This Saturday, about 700 people are expected to gather at the University of Michigan-Flint for the annual Michigan Progressive Summit. The theme this year is the Persistence of the Resistance: Voices, Values and Votes. Organizer Denzel McCampbell, the communications director f

Police arrested dozens of protesters Monday after they wrapped the MI DEQ building in crime scene tape following a march and rally. (Valerie Blakely/MI Poor People's Campaign)

LANSING, Mich. – About 500 protesters marched on the Capitol building and then wrapped crime tape around the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in Lansing on Monday to draw attention to environmental crises - part of a 40-city nationwide protest called the Poor People's Campaign. S

The Enbridge Line 5 pipeline is 65 years old, and considered too risky by environmental groups to continue to transport oil. (Oil and Water Don't Mix coalition)

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – People getting off the ferry to attend the Mackinac Policy Conference Tuesday will be handed lollipops by protesters – with the plea "not to be a sucker" for Enbridge, the company behind the Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. The conferenc

If the bill giving industry oversight over the Department of Environmental Quality is signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, conservation groups fear that more injection wells such as this one in Osceola will be permitted across the state. (Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation)

LANSING, Mich. — Groups concerned about clean water and clean air are pressing Gov. Rick Snyder to reject several bills that would give industry new influence over the state Department of Environmental Quality. Senate Bill 652 would create an environmental rules review committee that could

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