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PNS Daily Newscast - April 18, 2019 


The DOJ and Bill Barr said to plan on Mueller time – without Mueller. Also on the Thursday rundown: The Keystone State considers cap and trade. Plus, the RECLAIM Act aims to invest in coal communities.

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Michael Greenman of Columbus, Ohio, national moderator of the Move to Amend Interfaith Caucus

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One group that disagrees with the 2010 "Citizen United" Supreme Court decision, which ruled that corporations are people and money is protected as free speech, is organizing in the faith community to get money out of politics. Michael Greenman, Columbus, is national moderator of the

PHOTO:The recent West Virginia chemical spill is heightening concerns about a U.S. Coast Guard proposal to allow the waste from hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ to be shipped on waterways, including the Ohio River. Photo courtesy of noaa.gov.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the wake of the recent chemical spill in West Virginia that tainted the water supply for 300,000 people, there's a call to beef up protections for water Ohioans depend on. The U.S. Coast Guard is expected to decide soon on whether to allow waste from fracking to be shipped

PHOTO: Ohio environmentalists say West Virginia's recent chemical spill has heightened concerns about turbulence at the Ohio EPA. Photo of Ohio River courtesy Ohio Sierra Club.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the wake of West Virginia's big chemical spill, environmentalists are questioning whether the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is adequately prepared to protect the state's waterways. Last week, the head of the Ohio EPA resigned without explanation, and the agency's w

IMAGE: Scientists will join with clergy from across the state this weekend to discuss ways in which climate change can be a matter of faith. Photo courtesy Ohio Interfaith Power and Light.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scientists and clergy members from across the state get together this weekend to discuss the ways in which climate change is a matter of faith. Leaders from dozens of congregations will be part of an Interfaith Power and Light Teach-In on Climate Change on Sunday, hearing fr

PHOTO: Carroll County, just southwest of Canton, is at the center of Ohio’s shale gas boom. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are examining methane and other components in groundwater wells that could be linked to the process. Photo courtesy of Paul Feezel.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oil shale gas development has taken parts of Ohio by storm, and researchers are going to a hotbed of hydraulic fracturing activity to study the impacts on water quality. Carroll County has more than 200 wells permitted for hydraulic fracturing. That's why Amy Townsend-Small,

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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

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

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

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