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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2019 


Signs that the Mueller Trump/Russia probe could wrap up in the next week. Also on our Thursday rundown: A death penalty repeal likely to pass in New England. Plus, cancer survivors rally for tougher smoking laws in Tennessee.

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Public News Service - MI: Climate Change/Air Quality

PHOTO: Michigan power plants emit as much carbon pollution as the entire economy of Morocco, according to a new report from Environment Michigan. Photo credit: click/morguefile.com

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to carbon pollution, Michigan's power plants produce an entire nation's share, according to a new report that compares the scope of the problem in the U.S. to a global scale. Elizabeth Ouzts, communications manager with Environment Michigan, says the findings help put

PHOTO: Climate change is projected to bring about an earlier emergence of mosquitoes in the spring, and could bring certain disease-carrying varieties not normally found in Michigan to the state, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Photo courtesy of National Wildlife Federation.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - It's been an itchy few months for Michiganders, with the state experiencing a bumper crop of biting bugs. Experts say the abundance in bugs is the result of climate change, along with a host of other issues. Dr. Doug Inkley, a senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federatio

PHOTO: Many homes aren't suitable for rooftop solar installations, but community solar projects, supported by the state's two largest utilities, could offer a means for more people in Michigan to access solar energy. Photo credit: Jusben/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - The future of solar energy is looking brighter in Michigan. A new report shows the state's two largest utilities both plan to offer community solar programs. Julie Baldwin with the Michigan Public Service Commission's renewable energy division says that would mean Consumers Ener

PHOTO: While public hearings will not be held in Michigan, residents can still have their say on the EPA's plan to reduce carbon emissions at power plants by submitting a comment online. Photo courtesy of Click / Morguefile.com.

DETROIT - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to hear from Michiganders and others across the nation about its newly-announced Clean Power Plan, which sets state limits on the amount of carbon dioxide that can be produced by power plants. Supporters say the new regulations will save tho

PHOTO: A new report finds agriculture in Michigan could experience significant financial losses if the impacts of climate change are not addressed. Photo credit: S. Garton/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Extreme heat could change the face of agriculture in Michigan. New research outlines the financial impacts businesses face in the coming years if action is not taken to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The report from the Risky Business Project predicts a two-degree jump in

PHOTO: Environmentalists say burning industrial waste such as petroleum coke, a byproduct of the oil refining process, should not be allowed to qualify for the state's

LANSING, Mich. – Garbage in, garbage out. That's what environmental advocates assert about a proposal that would allow the burning of more industrial and municipal waste to count toward Michigan's renewable-energy goals. Jack Schmitt, deputy director, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, t

PHOTO: Mosquitoes and ticks are more than a seasonal nuisance. They can spread disease and, with experts predicting a heavy insect season in Michigan, people are urged to take precautions when outdoors. Photo credit: Mrooczek262/morguefile.com

EAST LANSING, Mich. - If it feels as though you can't go out in the yard without getting covered in bug bites, you're not alone. Experts say Michigan is in for a brutal bug season, particularly for ticks and mosquitoes, which also raises the risk of certain illnesses. Michigan's tick population has

PHOTO: Michigan business and energy leaders are hailing the proposed coal power plant carbon emission standards for the economic benefits they could bring the state. Photo credit: Click/Morguefile.com

LANSING, Mich. – The new carbon-emission standards for power plants unveiled on Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will do more than just clear the air. Leaders from various sectors say the rules stand to create jobs, save Michiganders money, and help preserve the Great Lakes

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