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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump fixer Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: higher smoking rates causing some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - NY: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Whale sightings from New York beaches became common after the menhaden catch was limited. (annca/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — The return of a major food fish has brought whales and larger fish back to New York waters, but conservation groups fear factory ships may reverse those gains. Seven years ago, fishery managers sharply limited commercial fishing of menhaden - or bunker fish - in Atlantic coastal w

Every year an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters ocean waters. (byrev/pixabay)

NEW YORK – The 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup is coming up this weekend, part of a global effort to keep trash out of the oceans. It's the world's largest annual ocean volunteer event. Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste alone flow into the oceans, and p

Each year, 500,000 to 1 million birds die from landing in uncovered oil pits. (USFWS)

NEW YORK – The Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of the first environmental laws in the country, turned 100 this week – but the protection it provides is in serious jeopardy. Many states have named this the "Year of the Bird" in recognition of the centennial. But the U.S. Interior Departm

Jerry Jung of the group Rethink Ethanol says the ethanol mandate has led to the conversion of 7 million acres of wildlife habitat to agriculture. (GregMontani/Pixabay)

NEW YORK - A coalition of small-business owners, industry leaders and environmentalists says it's time to take a hard look at the real impact of ethanol mixed in gasoline. In 2005, Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard, requiring that 4 billion gallons of ethanol be added to the nation's gaso

Whales and dolphins are returning to the Long Island coast as fish populations rebound. (shadowfaxone/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Environmental groups say a proposal to allow oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast poses real risks to New York. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management holds a public hearing on the draft plan in Albany today. The proposal, issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, w

Significant amounts of PCBs remain in river sediments north of the Troy Dam, environmentalists say. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)<br />

NEW YORK – The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed a decision on whether General Electric has properly completed its cleanup of the Hudson River. The EPA sent a letter to GE on Tuesday, saying the agency needs more time to complete its review. GE had asked the EPA for a "certificat

More than 7 million acres of grassland and forest has been converted to agricultural production for ethanol production. (GregMontani/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – The federal mandate to add ethanol to fuel has led to a big increase in climate disrupting pollution, according to new research from the University of Wisconsin. The Renewable Fuel Standard requires about 17 billion gallons of ethanol, derived mostly from corn, to be blended into

A new lawsuit contends drilling for oil in the Atlantic Ocean would threaten critical habitat for whales, fish and coral. (NOAA)

NEW YORK – Environmental groups and Alaska Native Americans say President Donald Trump has exceeded his authority by reversing the ban on drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, and they're suing to stop him. The permanent ban, instituted by President Barack Obama, applies to 31 biologic

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