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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2019 


Signs that the Mueller Trump/Russia probe could wrap up in the next week. Also on our Thursday rundown: A death penalty repeal likely to pass in New England. Plus, cancer survivors rally for tougher smoking laws in Tennessee.

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Cuomo is calling for 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. (NHD-INFO/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting high praise for his support of offshore wind farms, but some environmental groups say he could do more. In his series of >State of the State reports delivered around New York, the governor has called for approval of a 90-megawatt wind farm off Long

Constructed wetlands are an efficient and economical way to treat wastewater. (Lloyd roz /Wikimedia Commons)

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. – Grant money and matching funds totaling almost $260,000 will fund a demonstration project using plant life to treat waste water on Long Island. The project is designed to show that a natural alternative to traditional waste treatment in cesspools can effectively remo

Waste water from fracking contains so much salt that it is sometimes spread on roads as a deicer. (Z22/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N. Y. – State legislators are calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to close a loophole in waste regulations and ban the disposal of fracking waste in the state. New York State banned fracking last year, but solid and liquid fracking waste from out of state is

The FitzPatrick nuclear power reactor is the same design as the Fukushima reactors. (USNRC)

NEW YORK – Exelon has agreed to buy the failing FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in upstate New York, but consumers are getting stuck with a huge bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the sale on Tuesday. The money losing facility sold for just $110 million. But to close the deal, and to keep t

The group Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper monitors water quality at 11 locations along the Niagara River. (Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper)

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has been named one of three finalists for a prestigious international award. The Thiess International Riverprize, awarded by the International RiverFoundation in Australia, is given to reward and support outstanding river-management programs. Jill Jed

Without action, airplanes will emit 43 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas pollution by 2050. (USAF/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft engines endanger public health and welfare, that's according to a new finding from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The endangerment finding documents the magnitude of a problem that environmentalists have been urging the agency to

The new regulations will cover 300,000 miles of existing natural-gas transmission pipelines. (Bilfinger SE/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The public comment period ends today for a major overhaul of the nation's gas pipeline safety rules. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA, began the process almost six years ago after a fire killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in San Bruno,

Juno is the first spacecraft to use only solar power so far from Earth. (NASA/JPL/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The arrival of a space probe in orbit around Jupiter may have implications for meeting Earth's energy needs. After a five-year journey, the solar-powered Juno probe entered the orbit of the solar system's largest planet a few minutes before midnight Eastern time on July 4. Until now, spa

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