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: Climate Change/Air Quality

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/

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/

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

PHOTO: The coal industry is igniting debate in Michigan over EPA standards to limit air pollution that has been connected to climate change and health issues. Photo credit: helicopterjeff/

LANSING, Mich. – The coal industry is generating heat in Michigan over an advertising campaign criticizing new federal standards to limit air pollution that has been connected to climate change and health issues. The ads claim the new rules mean higher electricity bills and other economic ha

PHOTO: Smallmouth bass are among the Michigan wildlife species at risk because of climate change, because fertilized eggs may not get enough dissolved oxygen in warmer waters, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

LANSING, Mich. – With Mother's Day behind us and Father's Day right around the corner, a new report finds it's a tough time to be a wildlife parent because of the impact of climate change on natural habitats and species. Felice Stadler, senior director for climate and energy with the Nationa

PHOTO: How the University of Michigan Wolverines will fare in the March Madness tournament remains to be seen, but a new report cries foul for real wolverines due to climate change. Photo credit:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – March Madness is almost here and as sports teams and mascots begin to dominate headlines and brackets, a new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds that many of the species that inspired their names are at risk due to climate change. Doug Inkley, a senior scien

PHOTO: Michigan's worst winter in more than a century has taken a physical and emotional toll on the state's residents, and doctors say while some will feel better as longer days and warmer temperatures hopefully set in, others could need to seek professional help. Photo courtesy of M. Shand.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The clocks have sprung forward and a small amount of snow has melted, so there are signs Michigan's hardest winter in more than 100 years will eventually yield to spring ... but if you're still not feeling a spring in your step, seasonal depression could be to blame. According t

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