PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 

It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 

Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - More needs to be done to protect those working Ohio's and the country's fields from exposure to hazardous pesticides: That's the message Congress members are hearing today and Tuesday from farm workers from around the nation. Each year, over 5 billion pounds of pesticides are appl

A new report finds heavy rains are worsening algal blooms in Lake Erie. Photo credit: S. Bihn. Lake Erie Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Spring showers are the norm in Ohio, but experts say extremely heavy rainfall is actually causing threats to the health of Lake Erie. Using the Maumee River as a case study, a report from the National Wildlife Federation shows how more frequent and heavy storms are exacerbating farm

GRAPHIC: Experts from across the country are meeting in Ohio today to discuss the impacts of hydraulic fracturing in the state. Map of Utica & Marcellus permits in Ohio. Courtesy of FracTracker.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's a first-of-its-kind meeting of the minds when it comes to fracking in the Buckeye State. Today and Saturday, scientists, doctors, attorneys, researchers and other experts are gathering in eastern Ohio to present and discuss the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracki

PHOTO: More citizen scientists are needed for the Sierra Club's Water Sentinel Program in Ohio to help monitor waterways. Photo: Water sentinels at work. Credit: Megan Smith.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Water watchers are wanted in the Buckeye State. With the combined risks to water quality of mining and fracking, particularly in eastern Ohio, experts say the need for citizen scientists to regularly monitor waterways is now more important than ever. Since last year, the Sierra Cl

PHOTO: Members of Appalachia Resist! are protesting plans that would allow fracking waste to be shipped by barge on the Ohio River.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Toxic waste from hydraulic fracturing soon could travel the Ohio River, if the U.S. Coast Guard gives the green light to a proposal by a Texas company. GreenHunter Water, which owns a fracking-waste facility in Washington County, wants approval to ship the waste by barge at a rate

Violators of fracking waste laws may soon face tougher penalties in the Buckeye State. Photo courtesy of Western Resource Advocates

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Violators of fracking waste laws may soon face tougher penalties in the Buckeye State. Just a few weeks after an incident involving the illegal dumping of hundreds of thousands of gallons of drilling waste into a storm sewer leading to a Youngstown-area river, State Sens. Joe Schiav

PHOTO: Investigation continues into a fracking waste spill into storm drains leading into the Mahoning River near Youngstown.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The unlawful disposal of thousands of gallons of fracking waste in Ohio is drawing the ire of residents and environmental groups. The Ohio EPA is investigating the intentional dumping of an estimated 20,000 gallons of crude oil and brine into a storm drain in Youngstown by Hard Rock

IMAGE: A new mapping project shows stressed areas of Great Lakes Region.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Cleaning up Lake Erie is no easy task, but new research shows that funding for restoration is going to the right places. A mapping project conducted by University of Michigan researchers shows which areas of the Great Lakes are under the greatest stress from threats such as invasiv

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