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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2018 


First Lady Melania Trump makes a statement against separating kids from parents. Also on the Monday rundown: Anti-hunger advocates applaud the newest Farm Bill; plus "diaper duty" is an economic burden for one in three families.

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Public News Service - NY: Public Lands/Wilderness

The seawall protecting the Statue of Liberty is among the National Park Service sites in need of repair. (National Park Service)

ALBANY, N.Y. — As part of National Infrastructure Week, advocates are calling on Congress to fully fund maintenance at national parks here in New York and across the country. There are two dozen National Park Service sites in the Empire State, drawing more than 19 million visitors a year and

In 2016 alone, National Park Service sites, such as the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site in New York City, contributed $35 billion to the U.S. economy. (Elisa.rolle/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Members of the New York congressional delegation, New York City lawmakers and conservation groups celebrated President's Day weekend by calling on Congress to fund nearly $1 billion in deferred maintenance at National Park Service sites across the state. Marcia Argust, director of

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

The extreme weather that hit the U.S. in 2017 included three major hurricanes. (WikiImages/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Catastrophic hurricanes, severe flooding and raging wildfires fueled by drought have been prominent features of an eventful year for the environment. The Rainforest Trust's first-annual Environmental Year-in-Review put the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on figh

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

2.5 million acres of the Adirondacks and 300,000 acres of the Catskills are

ALBANY, N.Y. -- With Tuesday's election, New York voters have given state forest preserves some important protection. Voters approved New York's Ballot Proposal 3, clearing the way for the creation of a land bank that will help local communities in the Adirondack and Catskill parks make needed hea

The Atlantic canyons are considered hotspots of biodiversity. (tpsdave/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — President Obama has designated hundreds of millions of acres of federally-owned Atlantic and Arctic waters off-limits to oil and gas leasing. Citing the extreme difficulty of cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic, the White House announcement, issued late Tuesday, protects large po

Designating the Boreas Ponds tract as wilderness would supplement the existing High Peaks Wilderness Area. (Sammetsfan/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A coalition of conservation organizations on Monday called on New York State's Adirondack Park Agency to designate the Boreas Ponds area of the park as motor-free wilderness. Sitting well within the boundaries of the park, the tract of land was acquired by the Park Agency this year.

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