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PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2021 


Biden executive orders address pollution and environmental justice; health professionals note a link between climate change and human health.


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The Senate moves forward with Trump's impeachment trial; scholars question the legality of impeachment after an official is out of office.

Public News Service - MI: Rural/Farming

1,358 counties are red zones where COVID-19 infection rates are out of control. (The Daily Yonder/USA Facts)

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LANSING, Mich. -- COVID-19 cases are on the rise almost everywhere, but the share of new cases in rural Michigan counties is outpacing the new caseload in metro counties. According to an analysis by The Daily Yonder, nearly 70% of the nation's more than 1,900 rural counties now are in the red zone,

Some advocacy groups say rural Michiganders will need more than another federal relief check to recover from the effects of the pandemic. (Bailiwick Studios/Flickr)

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LANSING, Mich. -- There's a new blueprint for how candidates in 2020 might be able to sway rural voters from Michigan and other states. People's Action, a coalition of grassroots organizations, has released a "Rural Relief, Recovery and Reimagination Agenda." Shawn Sebastian, senior rural strategi

The economic strains on workers stand to last long after the coronavirus outbreak is under control. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. -- As state leaders assess the evolving challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak, some policy analysts want to do their part to help keep Michigan residents healthy and financially stable. Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, says the coronavi

Bullkill Marsh is about 200 yards from the proposed potash facility near Hersey in Evart Township, Osceola County. (Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation)

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Updated 5:35 pm EST to include response from Michigan Potash Company CEO Ted Pagano. HERSEY, Mich. – The fight continues over a potash-mining facility that broke ground in the fall near the Osceola County town of Hersey. Recently, Michigan Potash Co. sent letters to several landowners, unil

A new report shows that rural areas in Michigan have particularly benefited from the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (Flickr)

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LANSING, Mich. — The uninsured rate for low-income adults has plunged 22 points in rural areas of Michigan since the state expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act - dropping from 38 percent to 16 percent, according to a new report. Researchers at Georgetown University and the Univers

A multi-state natural-gas pipeline running though Michigan has been approved. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

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LANSING, Mich. – A $4.3 billion natural-gas pipeline that will run through Michigan has been given the green light, sparking concerns about safety, the environment and the direction of energy policy in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given the ET Rover Pipeline its stam

Michigan is working to restore habitats for the Monarch butterfly, along with other troubled pollinators. (cohda/Morguefile)

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LANSING, Mich. – Federal dollars are flowing into Michigan to help bee and butterfly species struggling to thrive. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded Michigan and Wisconsin $500,000 from the service’s competitive State Wildlife Grants program to restore 850 acres of habitat

The Animal Welfare Approved label sets the highest standard for treatment of egg-laying hens. (Pixabay)

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LANSING, Mich. – Whether it's for a hunt or a brunch, animal welfare groups are advising Michigan residents purchasing eggs this Easter week not to be fooled by deceptive packaging claims. Carter Dillard, director of litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, says with increasing consumer

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