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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2019 


Iran threatens to exceed the uranium enrichment limit agreed to under a 2015 nuclear deal. Also on today's rundown: More results of a new report on children's well-being; and a North Carolina Jewish congregation returns to its synagogue after sharing a local church.

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Public News Service - MI: Water

Lake Van Etten is one of many bodies of water in Michigan plagued by PFAS foam. (MI DHHS)

LANSING, Mich. – That white, sticky foam that's fouled quite a few Michigan shorelines is more dangerous than previously believed, and state environmental officials are warning people not to touch it. Prior warnings about toxic PFAS foam advised against swallowing it, but new data shows high

Michigan does not currently set a standard for PFAS chemicals in drinking water, but the state is working on it. (Earl53/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Clean water groups are cheering Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's move toward a health-based drinking water standard for toxic chemicals known as PFAS. She ordered the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team to do a new review of the science around exposure to the chemicals, and instructed

In recent years, Michiganders have gathered in the capital to advocate for clean drinking water on World Water Day. (Valerie Jean)

DETROIT – Michiganders plan to come out and show their support for the right to clean drinking water. Friday marks the 26th annual World Water Day, highlighting the importance of clean drinking water across the globe. Shannon Abbott, president of Grand Rapids Water Protectors and vice pres

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

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

Detroit was recently ranked ninth nationally for high numbers of water shutoffs. (Bryan Debus/Flickr)

DETROIT – New research is intensifying calls to stop water shutoffs in Detroit, and for the city to adopt a sensible water affordability plan. A 100-page report released by faith leaders and academics suggests the aging water and sewer infrastructure, increasing bills, shutoffs and service i

Protesters in Detroit have been pressing the Michigan Legislature to pass a water affordability plan that links rates to household income. (Valerie Jean)

LANSING, Mich. – The water shutoffs that have plagued Detroit are widespread across the country, according to a new report from Food and Water Watch. The group surveyed water companies and found that in 2016, some 15 million Americans had their water service shut off for nonpayment. In Detro

Local groups that see clean water as a human right are calling for creation of a fund to help people in Michigan replace lead pipes in their homes. (Earl53/Morguefile)

FLINT, Mich. – "Imagine a Day Without Water" is the name of a series of events taking place today in Michigan and across the country to shed light on water-quality issues and the critical importance of clean water. The reigning Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma, will be at First Trinity Baptist Chur

A recent government report showed an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac could generate costs of $2 billion to $6 billion in damages. (Wikimedia Commons)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The battle over whether to decommission or replace the Line Five oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac comes to Traverse City tomorrow and Monday, with two public hearings. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is hosting a public forum on Saturday and a legislative field

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