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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - OH: Environment

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

FERC is accepting public comment on its environmental assessment of The Buckeye Xpress pipeline project. (FERC)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite an agreeable review from regulators, some Ohio residents and organizations still object to a proposed pipeline expansion. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking public comment on its environmental assessment for the Buckeye XPress project, which involves th

The Cuyahoga River is listed as an Area of Concern in the Great Lakes. (Eric Drost/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A federal program committed to improving the health of Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes is moving into its third phase. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative follows five-year action plans and is taking public comments through tomorrow on its proposal for Phase Three. Ri

Nearly $2 billion worth of methane gas is lost each year through flaring and leaks at oil- and gas-well sites in the United States. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New federal legislation could help Ohio in its efforts to reduce methane gas leaks from natural-gas facilities. Methane is considered one of the most potent greenhouse gases, and nearly $2 billion worth of methane is lost each year at oil and gas well sites across the country. Th

Incentive programs could boost the use of agricultural practices that reduce the nutrient runoff linked to algal blooms. (Zachary Haslick, Aerial Associates Photography Inc./Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the waters of Lake Erie starting to warm, concerns are rising about the possibility of toxic algal blooms over the summer months. There are evidence-based agricultural practices that can reduce the threat, so why are they not widely used? New research of solutions and

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