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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MI: Climate Change/Air Quality

Michigan State University's STEM Teaching and Learning Center is the first building in the state to use mass timber for its load-bearing structure. (MSU)

LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan is in a unique position to capitalize on innovative building technology that can improve the environment. Mass timber is created from smaller pieces of wood, such as two-by-fours, that are glued together to create beams, floors and other load-bearing building structures.

More Michiganders are experiencing financial crises because of the coronavirus pandemic, and for many, overdue utility bills are piling up. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - As families brace for further economic downturn, many are struggling to pay their utility bills. Some say the novel coronavirus pandemic is a rallying cry for integrating more renewable-energy sources such as solar and wind into the state's electric grid. The fossil-fuel industry

Vehicle emissions exacerbate breathing problems, including asthma. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. -- The Trump administration is taking heat for dialing back vehicle-emission standards when a public health crisis already is threatening lives and the economy. The final "Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient" (SAFE) Vehicles Rule requires automakers to raise the fuel economy of passenger

Opponents of a plan to allow liquified natural gas to be transported on rail tank cars say it's too dangerous for communities near the tracks. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - The Trump administration is considering a rule that would allow trains carrying a highly volatile substance to travel through Michigan and other states. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is reviewing hundreds of public comments about the proposal, that wou

Grand Haven South Pier in Grand Haven, Mich. A new report says more intense storms and heavy flooding are putting Michigan residents and businesses at risk. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – Severe weather due to climate change is disrupting global supply chains and putting Michigan companies and the state's economy at risk, according to a new report. The report by the independent research and education organization Business Forward says in the last five years,

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

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

Detroit recently adopted a climate action plan and is expected to improve its clean-energy ranking by next year. (Robert Thompson/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. — A new report shows that Michigan's two biggest cities are making progress on clean energy policies - but still have significant room for improvement. The nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked 75 cities on energy-efficiency and renewable energy, an

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