PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 

Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 

Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Public News Service - OH: Toxics

PHOTO: President Obama on Wednesday announced the first ever controls on methane emissions. Photo credit: London Permaculture/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - President Obama's new proposal to cut methane emissions could improve the air and economy of Ohio. The proposal, announced Wednesday, calls for a 45 percent reduction in methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 2025. Andrew Williams, state regulatory and legislative affa

PHOTO: An Ohio Senate vote is expected soon on HB 490. The bill includes a chemical disclosures provision that some say does not protect Ohio first responders and communities. Photo credit: K. Connors/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio Senate committee is expected to vote soon on a controversial bill about disclosure of chemicals used in oil and gas fracking operations. A provision added to House Bill 490 requires drilling companies to report the substances they use to the Ohio Department of Natural Resou

PHOTO: Certified organic farmer Mick Luber of Bluebird Farm in Cadiz, Ohio, says he's concerned about what possible contamination from nearby fracking operations could mean for the future of his business. Photo credit: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Assn.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Certified organic farming is a growing business in Ohio, but some farmers warn that the threat of contamination from hydraulic fracturing could dampen its future. Some of the chemicals used in fracking have been identified as naturally-occurring toxic substances, metals, and radioac

PHOTO: Increased traffic accidents are among the top concerns of residents in Ohio's most heavily-drilled counties compiled in a new report. Photo courtesy of Lynn Anderson, Frack Free Mahoning.

CARROLLTON, Ohio – The results of a four-month project highlight the concerns, hopes and fears of those who live in Ohio's shale country. Over the course of four months, the social advocacy group Listening Project gathered the feelings of nearly 800 people of Carroll, Columbiana, and neighbor

PHOTO: Dozens of Ohioans are in Pittsburgh this week to testify at EPA public hearings on the agency's plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Photo credit: A. Shazly/Flickr Creative Commons.

CLEVELAND - Buses are leaving from Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland and Akron as dozens of Ohioans travel east to Pittsburgh to speak out on the importance of cleaner air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings in Pittsburgh Wednesday and Thursday on its proposed rules to reduce c

PHOTO: This fire at a fracking well site in Monroe County is intensifying efforts by some to update Ohio's chemical disclosure laws. Photo courtesy of the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency.

WOODSFIELD, Ohio - Environmentalists say the recent fire at a hydraulic fracturing well in southeastern Ohio highlights the flaws in state and federal disclosure laws for chemicals used in "fracking." The fire at the Monroe County well site on June 28 spread to 20 nearby trucks on the drilling pad,

PHOTO: Across the state, hundreds of Ohioans will join a global campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of <br />genetically modified organisms. Photo credit: Diane Geschke Naso.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Activists in five Ohio cities this weekend plan to join others around the world to protest the practices of an agricultural giant. March Against Monsanto events will be held in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and Maumee to draw attention to the use of genetically mod

PHOTO: Two congressmen from Ohio are among those deciding the fate of the nationís chemical safety law, known as the Chemicals in Commerce Act. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A measure aimed at reducing the public's exposure to toxic chemicals actually could roll back current protections. A U.S. House of Representatives committee is drafting a version of the Chemicals in Commerce Act and some health and environmental groups say it's too focused o

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