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PNS Daily Newscast - November 11, 2019 


Members of Congress take positions ahead of public impeachment hearings; EPA wants to relax coal-ash clean water rules; vets warned to watch for scams; and the good work one Kentucky veteran does.

2020Talks - November 11, 2019 


Today's Veterans Day; of the 45 current and past presidents, 29 have been veterans. Plus, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa this weekend for some of the biggest Iowa rallies so far this caucus season, as well as a climate-change summit.

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Public News Service - OH: Environment

Several Ohio communities have ordinances banning or imposing a tax on the use of single-use plastic bags and containers. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The plastic bag ban debate is once again heating up in Ohio. A state Senate committee held its first hearing Wednesday on SB 222, which would preempt local governments from banning or taxing single-use plastic bags. Cuyahoga County passed such a ban that goes into effect J

Higher temperatures in the future could have a negative impact on corn and soybean production in rural areas, and public health in urban communities. (typographyimages/Pixabay)

CINCINNATI – As Ohioans sweat through record high October temperatures this week, new polling suggests many people are connecting the dots between extreme weather and climate change. The 2019 Ohio Health Issues Poll released by Interact for Health found that seven-in-ten Ohio adults believe

Helping new farmers successfully enter and thrive in their businesses is crucial for the future of Ohio farming. (Kelly Anderson-Cabral)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Beginning farmers in Ohio can struggle to acquire property for production, and it's sometimes difficult for aging farmers to find someone who will continue the legacy of their land. However, a new tool might help both find the right match. Heartland FarmLink is an online r

A new report says sometimes even the workers at oil and gas wells are unaware of the chemicals being used on-site. (Andy Ilmberger/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Troubling information has been uncovered about the use of so-called classified chemicals in fracking operations in Ohio. Using mapping and data analysis by FracTracker Alliance, new research from the Partnership for Policy Integrity shows the oil and gas industry injected pote

Wetlands provide filtration to maintain clean water. (Rob Oo/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has lost 90% of its wetlands, and a proposed project could destroy even more. The Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing a permit for the filling of roughly 15 acres of wetlands for the development of a medical campus in Trumbull County. Colleen McLean, an associate pro

NOAA's Lake Erie algal bloom forecast position for July 31. (noaa.gov)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A midsummer algal bloom again is turning western Lake Erie's waters green. While it's predicted to become fairly severe, researchers say it could be worse. The severity of this year's bloom is forecast to be a 7.5 on a scale of zero to 10. Laura Johnson, director of the Nati

Keeping Lake Erie clean is crucial for local recreation, tourism and economic development. (Rona Proudfoot/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Democratic White House hopefuls will soon square off once again, and they're being asked to explain how they plan to protect Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes. More than 160 groups are part of the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, and they delivered a platform

One study estimates that 100 million pieces of plastic, including single-use bags, pollute Lake Erie. (Indi Samarajiva/Flickr)

By Nick Pedone/Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration To help protect the environment, three Ohio communities have passed bans on single-use plastic bags, but now state legislators are trying to keep the bans from going into ef

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