PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 

The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also on the Thursday rundown: New York sues the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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PHOTO: A close-up of one of two baby bald eagles (called eaglets) in its nest at the Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Photo credit: Jim Colligan. - See more at:

SHELTER ISLAND, N.Y. - Two baby bald eagles are beginning to "take wing" on Long Island, and could be soaring in time to celebrate Independence Day later this week. The bald eagle nest at the Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island has been monitored from afar for months. The pres

PHOTO: The town of Dryden is one of two municipalities with zoning laws banning fracking for natural gas. Their cases are being argued today in New York's highest appeals court. Photo courtesy of the town of Dryden.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A case being argued in New York's highest appeals court today could shape the future of fracking - using hydraulic pressure to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation beneath much of the Empire State. The towns of Dryden and Middlefield in the Finger Lakes region voted

PHOTO: The presence of this nesting bald eagle and its mate has been confirmed by Nature Conservancy staff, inside the Mashowmack Preserve on Shelter Island. Photo credit: Derek Rogers, used with permission of The Nature Conservancy.

NEW YORK - It's confirmed - a pair of nesting bald eagles has been spotted on Shelter Island, and experts say it's a positive sign not only for the birds but also for the health of local waterways. Eagles have been making a strong comeback and now are fairly common upstate, said Mike Scheibel, a N

Photo: Bans are being considered on plastic and Styrofoam containers in New York City and Albany. Photo Credit: Mike Clifford

NEW YORK – New Yorkers throw away 40 tons of plastic foam each year, and local environmental advocates say much of it comes from eating fast food. This week, measures are expected to be considered in New York City and Albany County to ban these plastic food containers. The New York City Co

NEW YORK - With lawmakers rushing to craft another short-term fix for the national budget, New York vendors who rely on parks and other national attractions being open say a longer-term solution is needed. Bradford Hill, president of Evelyn Hill Inc., says his family-owned gift shops and food stand

Photo: Water pollution entering Hudson Valley estuary in the Capital region. Photo credit: John Lipscomb, Riverkeeper.

NEW YORK – A new report says staff cuts at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are resulting in a lot less oversight of air, water and hazardous-materials pollution across the state. It's the DEC that regulates pollution, and Andrew Postiglione with Environmental Advo

PHOTO: New York’s highest court will hear an appeal from a foreign-owned energy company that wants to start hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas underneath two upstate towns - Dryden and Middlefield - which have banned drilling. Courtesy Town of Dryden

ALBANY, N.Y. – The towns of Dryden and Middlefield will have to go another round in their court battle opposing the controversial practice of fracturing shale rock for natural gas, an extraction method known as fracking. The state's highest court of appeals Thursday decided to hear an appeal

PHOTO: Dryden, NY’s mostly rural landscape can be protected from oil and gas drilling and fracking by local land use ordinances, according to a ruling by a NY Appeals Court Thursday. Courtesy Town of Dryden.

ALBANY, N.Y. – A New York Appeals Court has ruled in favor of two upstate towns, Dryden and Middlefield, saying a lower court was right in upholding bans the towns placed on fracking – or the fracturing of underground shale rock to extract natural gas. Dryden passed a zoning ordinance

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