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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - NY: Oceans

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for the development of 2.4 GW of offshore wind power by 2030. (Hans Hillewaert/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Tomorrow is Earth Day and, though efforts to fight climate change are under attack in the nation's capital, here in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting high marks for his clean-energy initiatives. However, some in the environmental community say he needs to do more. They give C

Lionfish live up to 30 years and can consume 20 fish in 30 minutes. (Tchami/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Celebrity chefs held a Lionfish Throwdown on Wednesday, hoping to help curb the spread of the invasive predator species by raising consumer demand for them as food. The chefs represent the six countries with entries in the America’s Cup yacht race in Bermuda next month. Li

With 1,700 miles of coastline, water clarity affects the value of many Long Island homes. (Doug Kerr/flickr.com)

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – A new survey shows that improving water quality not only helps the environment, it raises property values too. Most of the water pollution problems on Long Island are from on-site residential waste disposal systems such as septic tanks and cesspools. The study, conducted

The order requires regulations to only consider cost, not the value of protections. (CGP Grey /flickr.com )

NEW YORK – Public-interest law, environmental and labor groups are suing to stop the Trump administration's executive order to cut government regulations. The order, signed January 30th, requires federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one enacted. New regulation

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

The Atlantic canyons are considered hotspots of biodiversity. (tpsdave/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — President Obama has designated hundreds of millions of acres of federally-owned Atlantic and Arctic waters off-limits to oil and gas leasing. Citing the extreme difficulty of cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic, the White House announcement, issued late Tuesday, protects large po

Large schools of menhaden bring larger fish, dolphins and whales to New York waters. (Brian.gratwicke/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – The return of huge schools of forage fish to waters off Long Island is paying off for New York in a lot of ways. For larger fish and marine mammals, menhaden – also known as bunker fish – are food. They once crowded coastal waters all the way to Maine, but their number

Offshore wind could someday supply New York with 39 gigawatts of power. One gigawatt is the equivalent of 1,000 megawatts. (U.S Dept. of Energy/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

ALBANY, N.Y. – It's being hailed as a a milestone for wind energy in New York, with the release of a Final Sale Notice for the lease auction of almost 80,000 acres off the shores of Long Island. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has named 14 qualified bidders for the auction to be

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