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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2018 


The Trump administration pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Also on the Wednesday rundown: State AGs push back on the Trump border policy; and we look at the link between zinc and fertility.

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Public News Service - OH: Public Lands/Wilderness

Bobcats are considered an apex predator in Ohio. Bruce Washburn/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A proposal to allow trapping of a once-endangered species in Ohio is being called premature by researchers and wildlife groups. Just four years after bobcats were removed from the threatened species list, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the animal is making a com

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative helped restore 2,500 acres of marsh and 600 acres of wetlands in the Mentor Marsh along Lake Erie's shoreline. (Erik Drost/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lake Erie can't speak for itself, so dozens of Ohioans will be its voice this week on Capitol Hill. They join hundreds from around the country to promote the importance of programs that keep the Great Lakes healthy and drinking water safe. There are proposals for massive fu

668 plant and animal species have been identified in Ohio's Rock Run Watershed. (Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With massive oak trees, winding streams and hundreds of diverse species, the Rock Run Watershed is one of the state's most remote wilderness areas - and conservation groups want to ensure it will continue to flourish for future generations. Rock Run encompasses about 1,400 acres

A 2014 well pad fire in Monroe County occurred not far from Ohio's Wayne National Forest. (FracTracker Alliance)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's Wayne National Forest is among the country's public lands most threatened by fossil fuel interests, according to a new report. Too Wild to Drill, released Tuesday by The Wilderness Society, examines 15 unique places across the United States that researchers say are at

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending to the White House that some national monuments be altered. (U.S. Department of the Interior)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some conservation and sportsman's groups in Ohio are deeply concerned about what a national monument review could mean for the future of public lands. While Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did not suggest any of the 27 monuments under review be eliminated, he did recommend some be al

State-owned lands such as Shawnee State Forest could be opened to oil and gas drilling if state senators override a veto from the Governor. (ODNR)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio lawmakers could soon greenlight oil and gas development in Ohio state parks and public lands. Last week, the Ohio House voted to override a veto that would have allowed Gov. John Kasich to retain appointment authority for members of the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission &#

Thirteen public water systems were found to be within a half-mile of Class II waste disposal wells in Ohio. (FracTracker Alliance)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The importance of safe drinking water has become a pressing issue in recent years after lead contamination and algal blooms tainted supplies in Ohio. A new report sheds light on what some see as another possible threat: oil and gas drilling. Great Lakes program coordinator f

Ohio is one of just five states that still allows for the commercial harvest of turtles. <br />(Matt Lemon/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Wild turtles in Ohio can be collected unchecked, and some conservation groups say it's time to end the unlimited harvest. Ohio is one of just five states that still allows for the commercial harvest of turtles, and Ray Stewart, secretary and past president of the Ohio Wetlan

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