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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2020 


The Biden inauguration speech seen as a potential launching point for a resilient democracy; an increase in mental distress noted in Virginia.


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Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MKL and prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation introduced in Congress could expand access to voting and reduce partisan gerrymandering.

Public News Service - MI: Energy Policy

Many electric and gas utilities have programs in place to help customers avoid shutoffs, but those customers often must reach out to ask about it. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. - Michigan is entering the heart of home-heating season, so it's also time for a reminder that help is available for households unable to afford their heating costs. Anne Armstrong, director of customer assistance at the Michigan Public Service Commission, said higher energy bills ar

Enbridge's proposed tunnel would replace the existing dual Line 5 pipelines crossing the Straits of Mackinac. (AdobeStock).

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LANSING, Mich. -- A dozen organizations are calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject plans to construct an oil-pipeline tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. An online hearing was held Monday on Enbridge's permit application for the tunnel, which would replace the existing Line 5 pipeli

Scientists say there are challenging geological conditions in the Straits of Mackinac that include poor rock quality, solution cavities and fault zones. (AdobeStock)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Some experts are cautioning the proposed Line 5 tunnel project in the Straits of Mackinac is not ready for prime time. The state is holding hearings on Enbridge's permit applications for the project. Geological engineer Brian O'Mara joined other scientists who reviewed the plan t

Gas prices in Michigan are $2.10 on average, the same as the national average. (Adobe Stock)

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Both sides of the pipeline were shutdown June 25th by court order. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the date was June 19th. (12:48 p.m., August 18, 2020) LANSING, Mich. -- Warnings that shutting down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline would cause gas prices to go through the ceiling ar

More Michiganders are experiencing financial crises because of the coronavirus pandemic, and for many, overdue utility bills are piling up. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. - As families brace for further economic downturn, many are struggling to pay their utility bills. Some say the novel coronavirus pandemic is a rallying cry for integrating more renewable-energy sources such as solar and wind into the state's electric grid. The fossil-fuel industry

Ruptured segment of Line 6B following the 2010 rupture in Kalamazoo. (NTSF/Flickr)

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LANSING, Mich. - Some water-quality groups say Michigan needs to take a stronger stance against Enbridge for its refusal to assume responsibility for losses related to a Line 5 oil pipeline failure in the Great Lakes. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday that the pipeli

The Enbridge Line 5 replacement pipeline would be buried beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (Wikimedia Commons)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Conservation groups are praising the state for handing the Line 5 pipeline replacement project another setback. The State Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has asked Enbridge to rewrite its permit application to rebuild an oil and gas pipeline underneath the Strai

Opponents of a plan to allow liquified natural gas to be transported on rail tank cars say it's too dangerous for communities near the tracks. (Adobe Stock)

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LANSING, Mich. - The Trump administration is considering a rule that would allow trains carrying a highly volatile substance to travel through Michigan and other states. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is reviewing hundreds of public comments about the proposal, that wou

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