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PNS Daily Newscast - April 25, 2019 


The Supreme Court considers U.S. Census citizenship – we have a pair of reports. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: a look at how poor pay and benefits can threaten the success of preschoolers. And, the Nevada Assembly votes to restore felon’s voting rights.

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Public News Service - NY: Environment

By 2050, experts estimate, there will be more plastic by weight in the oceans than fish. (Richard Carey/Adobe Stock)

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The bill banning single-use plastic bags statewide has been signed into law. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo held an Earth Day news conference in Kingston, home port of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, to announce the signing to reporters and environmental groups. Every year, N

The EPA classified 200 miles of the Hudson River as a Superfund site in 1983. (brittanymoser/AdobeStock)<br />

NEW YORK — New York plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for giving General Electric a Certificate of Completion for its cleanup of PCBs in the upper Hudson River. The EPA said the $1.7 billion cleanup of PCBs, a suspected human carcinogen, satisfies the 2002 agreement with Gener

In 2016, New Yorkers recycled more than 5 billion beverage containers. (pxhere)

NEW YORK — Environmental groups are hoping to get an expanded bottle deposit law passed with the state budget. The budget is due next Monday, April 1, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators still are negotiating over several outstanding issues. More than 50 organizations have signed a l

Coastal wetlands are natural barriers that can help protect against storm damage. (Andrea Sears)

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – The town of East Hampton, New York, will soon be demolishing a house so the land can once again serve as a protective buffer against storm damage. The 3.2-acre plot is next to a large tract of protected wetland along Accabonac Harbor. The demolition is part of an effort

Converting land to corn production has reduced the amount of milkweed, the main food for monarch butterflies. (leoleobobeo/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – A new report says the push for biofuels is causing serious environmental damage. The Renewable Fuel Standard or RFS was intended to reduce reliance on oil imports and cut air pollution. It requires that all gasoline for transportation sold in the United States contain at least 10

Offshore wind will be critical to meeting the goal of 70 percent renewable energy by 2030. (PTNorbert/pixabay)

ALBANY, N. Y. – New York can meet its renewable-energy goals. That's the message clean-energy advocates are delivering to state lawmakers today. The state's clean-energy standard calls for 50 percent renewable energy by 2030, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise that to 70 percent. At a pol

Studies show startups with at least one woman performed 63 percent better than all male teams. (pxhere)

ALBANY, N.Y. — A group that funds renewable-energy projects is calling for a new focus on diversity. Funding for nonprofit organizations generally follows media coverage, but a new study from The Solutions Project, a grant-making organization, shows wide gender and racial disparities in media

Extreme weather events such as Hurricane Sandy are just some of the consequences of climate change. (FEMA)

NEW YORK - Organized labor is coming out in support of a national "Green New Deal." On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced a resolution calling on Congress to combat global climate change by investing in sustainable infrastructure and creating mi

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