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PNS Daily Newscast - August 6, 2020 


Facebook removes a Trump post because of "deceptive" COVID19 claims; small businesses seek more pandemic relief.


2020Talks - August 6, 2020 


Iowa's governor has restored the right to vote for people with past felony convictions via executive order; and Tennessee has a primary election today.

Public News Service - NY: Public Lands/Wilderness

The plant was proposed for Haverstraw, N.Y., 3.5 miles from the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station.  (Alexisrael/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Last week's decision by the Public Service Commission to turn down a proposed water desalination plant in Rockland County is being called an important victory for the public good, but some feel it came only after a fight that could have been avoided had the water system not been run by a

Conservation Fund grants benefit NY forests, beaches and the NYC watershed. Courtesy: The Nature Conservancy

NEW YORK – A federal conservation program that doesn't cost taxpayers a dime may expire on Wednesday if Congress doesn't act to reauthorize it. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been around for 50 years. And according to Jessica Ottney Mahar, director of government relations for The N

Pope Francis used a visit to the White House to say climate change is an issue that can't wait. Green groups in New York wonder whether lawmakers at the state and federal level are getting that message. Courtesy: White House Government Photo

NEW YORK - In his first-ever visit to the White House, Pope Francis on Wednesday declared climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to future generations. But some wonder if New York lawmakers are getting the message. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director with Environmental Advocates of

PHOTO: Every year billions of gallons of raw sewage overflow into New York lakes and rivers, and a new DEC proposal may not require all overflow incidents to be reported. Photo courtesy New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection.

NEW YORK – Environmentalists are raising a stink over a loophole in proposed regulations for reporting overflowing sewage systems in New York state. Every year, heavy rains cause billions of gallons of bacteria-laden raw sewage to overflow from sewer systems into lakes and rivers across the s

PHOTO: More than 75 marine scientists and environmental organizations are pressuring the Obama administration not to allow oil and gas companies to survey the Atlantic coast for places to drill, saying it could endanger sea life and threaten New York's coastline. Photo credit: Bryan Burke/Flickr

NEW YORK - More than 75 marine scientists and environmental organizations are pressuring the Obama administration not to allow oil and gas companies to survey the Atlantic coast for places to drill, saying it could endanger sea life and threaten New York's coastline. They argued in a letter to the

PHOTO: The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the environmental voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Photo credit: Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

NEW YORK - The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Most of New York's congressional delegation earned marks of 80 percent or be

PHOTO: New York Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens presented Gov. Cuomo and his Cabinet with their reports recommending a continued ban on fracking for natural gas. Photo Credit: Office of the Governor.

ALBANY, N.Y. - In a long-awaited announcement, the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ruled the potential health and environmental risks of fracking for natural gas are too great and not enough is known about them to allow it in New York. In extending a de facto ban on using

PHOTO: Environmental advocates are sending congratulations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but also are demanding he take action to make good on a campaign promise concerning science and fracking. Credit: T. Proulx.

NEW YORK – One environmental group is sending congratulations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on his re-election victory, but is also calling for action on a fracking pledge Cuomo made during the campaign. At issue is a pending assessment of how natural gas drilling operations would impact the health of

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