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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2019 


Sen. Bernie Sanders enters the 2020 race for president. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: Tuition or meals? We take you to a state where college students fight food insecurity. Plus, another state's attempt to legalize hemp.

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Public News Service - NY: Waste Reduction/Recycling

Non-biodegradable, single-use plastic bags are a threat to wildlife and the environment. (RitaE/pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget includes measures to combat litter, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and protect the environment. On Sunday, the governor's office announced that his 2019 Executive Budget will include a proposal to ban all single-use plastic bags. According

Every year an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters ocean waters. (byrev/pixabay)

NEW YORK – The 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup is coming up this weekend, part of a global effort to keep trash out of the oceans. It's the world's largest annual ocean volunteer event. Every year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste alone flow into the oceans, and p

Environmentalists say investing in renewables would save ratepayers money. (Windtech/English Wikipedia)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Renewables yes, nuclear no, that's the message environmentalists want the Public Service Commission to hear. The public comment period on a proposed Clean Energy Standard ends on June 6. Jessica Azulay, program director with the Alliance for a Green Economy, supports only part of

A solar panel factory is being built by the restored Buffalo River. (Gov. Andrew Cuomo/Flickr)

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A broad coalition of business and conservation groups is asking presidential candidates to make restoration of the Great Lakes a priority. The Great Lakes provide drinking water for 40 million people, and 1.5-million jobs. Jordan Lubetkin, communications director for the Healing O

The proposed pipeline would follow the New York State Thruway from Albany to New Jersey. (Famartin/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Cuomo administration says the Department of Environmental Conservation will co-lead the environmental review of a pipeline proposed for the Hudson Valley. The pipeline would follow the New York State Thruway, and the Thruway Authority had been handling the review alone. The gov

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

Clean-energy advocates say New York may need 85 percent renewable power by 2030 to reach carbon reduction goals. Credit: Mat Fascione/geograph.org.uk

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to make getting half the state's electric power from renewable sources by the year 2030 a requirement, but some energy advocates say that's not enough. With the United Nations Climate Change conference beginning next week, the governor is putting the p

A Vermont-based solar energy company is seeing resistance from residents in Oneida, New York, over a proposed solar farm project. Credit: Patrick Moore/freeimages.com<br />

ONEIDA, N.Y. - A Vermont-based company has proposed building one of the largest solar farms in upstate New York's Madison County, which it says could save residents millions in energy costs. But the developer, groSolar, is getting push-back from Oneida residents near the proposed site, who fear it

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