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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

At the state Capitol, environmental groups will demonstrate what they say is the hazardous state of energy production in Michigan. (Brian Charles Watson/Wikimedia)

LANSING, Mich. – Activists donning hazmat suits and respirators will take to the steps of Michigan's Capitol today to show their outrage over Gov. Rick Snyder's stance on the Clean Power Plan. After initially showing strong support for the regulations to reduce carbon pollution, the governor

State Rep. Stephanie Chang and other lawmakers say Michiganders need a voice in air and water quality matters. (Michigan House Democrats)

LANSING, Mich. – Given the water crisis in Flint and air quality troubles in Detroit, some state leaders want to ensure the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is working for the people. Along with several other lawmakers, Democratic Rep. Stephanie Chang on Wednesday announced a pac

Research shows it's possible to transition to 100 percent wind, water and solar by 2050. Credit: iceman0/Morguefile

LANSING, Mich. – Global leaders in Paris are hammering out the details of a pact to reduce emissions spurring climate change, and here at home new research highlights the feasibility of a transition to 100 percent renewable energy in Michigan and other states. Stanford engineering professor

Two new reports debunk claims that the EPA's Clean Power Plan would cost Michiganders in the form of higher energy bills. Credit: click/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - If lower electricity bills sound good to you, two new reports find that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan is the way to get there. The plan is expected to be finalized this summer. Opponents claim it will lead to higher bills, but a new analysis from Synapse

PHOTO: The future price of natural gas is one of the factors states need to take into account in determining the most cost-effective way to meet the EPA's new carbon rules. Photo credit: Charlie Wrenn/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - It's not a crystal ball, but a group of researchers say a new tool can help Michigan and other states grapple with predicting and planning for the most cost-effective and least risky ways to cut back on coal. Douglas Jester with the consulting group Five Lakes Energy says in order

PHOTO: One acre of wetland can absorb as much as one million gallons of water, according to a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation. Many Michiganders are still recovering from the damage caused by five inches of rain which fell in August. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. – As many Michiganders are still cleaning up from the devastating effects of last summer's storms while bracing for winter, a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests some of the best resources for preventing major flooding can be found right outside. Colli

PHOTO: New vehicles in the United States are getting better gas mileage than ever before, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo credit: SDRandCo/morguefile.

DETROIT - Drivers are saving money at the pump, as U.S. fuel economy reaches an all-time high, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA reports model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon. That reflects a half-mile per-gallon improvement over the previous y

PHOTO: Michigan bird watchers say they are already seeing alterations in the populations and habitats of the state's birds, which they believe are tied to climate change. Photo credit: S. Baker, Straits Area Audubon Society

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan's hunters, anglers, bird watchers and boaters say they are seeing firsthand how climate change is putting the state's outdoor legacy at risk, which is why many sportsmen and women are now raising their voices for climate action. A National Audubon Society study proj

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