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PNS Daily Newscast - January 26, 2021 


LGBTQ+ groups celebrate President Joe Biden's reversal of Trump ban on transgender people in the military; Articles of Impeachment delivered -- Trump first President impeached twice.


2020Talks - January 26, 2021 


Senate prepares for impeachment trial; SCOTUS ends emolument suits against Trump, but Guiliani faces new liability. SecTreas Yellen confirmed, Huckabee announces AR gubernatorial run as other GOP Senators step down. Transgender people back in the military and Biden unveils his "Buy American" plan while First Lady gets active; and Harriet Tubman may become first Black American on U.S. currency.

Public News Service - NY: Oceans

Every winter, hundreds of seals bask on the offshore rocks of Plum Island. (Robert Lorenz)

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NEW YORK -- An island in Long Island Sound with hundreds of acres untouched for 70 years has been saved from the auction block. Plum Island is the site of an isolated federal lab researching infectious animal diseases. But the lab is being relocated and in 2008, the island was slated for public sal

The program aims to support more than 100 shellfish companies and preserve more than 200 jobs. (Cavan Images/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- The COVID pandemic has practically wiped out the market for fresh oysters, but conservationists are helping out by buying up their surplus for oyster restoration projects. Oysters are both a sustainable source of seafood and an important part of marine ecology. Oyster reefs around New Y

Algal blooms from nitrogen pollution kill fish, close beaches and endanger public health. (Brandon Seidel/Adobe Stock)

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COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. -- Long Island has taken major steps to reduce nitrogen pollution that seeps into groundwater and is discharged into surrounding waters. New technology at the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant in Nassau County will reduce nitrogen going into the Western Bays by 5,000 poun

The first New York offshore wind farm will deliver enough electricity to power 70,000 homes on Long Island. (twixter/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York is one step closer to bringing the first offshore wind power to thousands of homes on Long Island. The New York Department of Public Service and four other state agencies have signed a joint proposal on the siting of the transmission line that will connect an offshore wind

A humpback whale feeds in a school of menhaden off the coast of eastern Long Island. (Sutton Lynch/The Nature Conservancy)

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NEW YORK -- Environmental groups are hailing what they call a historic change in the management of menhaden fisheries on the Atlantic Coast, saying it holds promise to rebuild threatened species, from striped bass and whales to eagles. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has approved t

Total investment in the U.S. offshore wind industry is predicted to be $166 billion by 2035. (Zacharias/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Accelerating the development of offshore wind power would bring a significant economic boost to a national economy battered by the COVID pandemic, according to a new study. Commissioned by four energy-industry groups, the study assessed the impact of potential Bureau of Ocean Energy Man

Federal funding for coastal resilience could help restore the oyster reefs that once protected New York shoreline. (kidsasarin/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- A bill pending in Congress could help a project to restore a natural barrier to storm damage in New York. The Moving Forward Act would create a five-year program to repair existing infrastructure, fund new projects and create millions of jobs needed to restore the economy. It also inclu

The oyster populations from Maine to Florida has shrunk to less than 10% of its historic size. (nulovetoyo/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK – The efforts to restore shellfish to New York Harbor and Long Island have made real progress, but there's still a long way to go. Long before New York City was The Big Apple, it was known as The Big Oyster. New York Harbor once had more than 200,000 acres of oyster reefs and Long

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