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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2018 


CNN reveals an alleged Saudi connection to the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Early voting starts today in some states; poverty rates remain steady but many in New Jersey in need; and cautious praise for the feds proposal on drug ads.

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Public News Service - OH: Water

The Ohio River is considered one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. (ChipMahaney/Flickr)

CINCINNATI — A commission that helps control water quality in the Ohio River basin is looking to shed some of its duties - an idea that's raising some concerns. For 70 years, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, known as ORSANCO, has set standards for pollution levels in the ri

The Western Basin of Lake Erie is a hot spot for annual algae blooms. (NOAA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – While annual reporting and biweekly bulletins warn Ohioans of harmful algae locations and toxicity in Lake Erie, some clean-water groups contend officials need to also focus on eliminating the problem. The new 2018 Lake Erie Algae Forecast shows that while it will not be a rec

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

Algal blooms in Lake Erie threaten drinking water, lake health and local economies. (Aerial Associates Photography, Inc. by Zachary Haslick/NOAA/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The huge algal bloom in Lake Erie is receding, but clean water advocates say the annual problem won't go away without changes in federal policies. One measure raising concerns is the ethanol mandate, which requires a certain amount of corn-based ethanol to be blended into gasolin

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

In 2014, an algal bloom in Lake Erie poisoned the drinking water supply of 400,000 people in the Toledo area. (NOAA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Federal agencies are proposing the first of two steps to roll back the legal safeguards protecting waterways in Ohio and around the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday announced a plan to rescind the Clean Water Rule, established in 20

Programs that protect the health of Lake Erie would face cuts under the most recent Trump administration budget proposal. (Erik Drost/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workers in Ohio are sounding the alarm over proposed cuts to their federal agency. At an event in Cleveland on Tuesday, employees from the EPA Region 5 office gathered with public-health leaders, elected officials, conservationists and othe

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