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PNS Daily Newscast - October 15, 2018 


Is the moral of integrity of the U.S. at stake in the apparent murder of a Washington Post journalist? Also on the Monday rundown: A pair of reports as we head toward the November midterm elections; plus, if you're enrolling in Medicare today, help is available.

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Public News Service - PA: Endangered Species & Wildlife

ORSANCO has managed pollution controls on the entire Ohio River system since 1948. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

PITTSBURGH – The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission will vote this week on a proposal that critics say would weaken environmental protections along the river. The Ohio River is used heavily for transportation and recreation and is the source of drinking water for 5 million people.

Cover crops promote soil health and control erosion and nutrient runoff, but support for them in a new Farm Bill is uncertain. (TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay)

LANCASTER, Pa. - The federal Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30, but different versions of its replacement could have a big impact on Pennsylvania's clean-water efforts. According to current U.S. Department of Agriculture risk-management rules, if something goes wrong with a cover crop, a farmer could l

Money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped create the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe County. (National Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Environmental groups are concerned that a long-standing conservation program that has benefited every state could expire next month. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is funded entirely by revenue from offshore oil leases. The 50-year-old program has supported everything

Pennsylvania's state bird, the ruffed grouse, is among 314 climate-threatened species. (Lindsay Stedman/USFWS)

PHILADELPHIA – If you're tired of mowing lawns in the summer, the National Audubon Society suggests you could plant bird-friendly gardens instead. Spring is finally here, and that means Americans will soon be mowing about 40 million acres of lawns every week. With climate change and urbaniza

The final tax bill keeps a provision opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Environmental groups say the final tax bill agreed to last week by the House and Senate Reconciliation Committee will be a disaster for the environment. There is some good news, as tax incentives for electric cars and wind power that had been eliminated in the House bill, are ba

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is habitat for migratory birds, polar bears, moose and herds of caribou. (LoveToTakePictures/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Conservationists say opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling would be forcing wildlife to pay for tax breaks for the rich. The refuge, known as ANWR, is home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and many other animals. It may also contain billi

The Eastern Hellbender is the largest salamander in North America. (Mike Pinder/Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill drafted by high school students that would designate the Eastern hellbender as Pennsylvania's state amphibian has been approved by the state Senate. The hellbender is the largest salamander in North America and it needs cold, clear, swift-running water to survive. Bu

Populations of monarch butterflies and other pollinators have declined sharply. (bbarlow/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Conservation and gardening groups are getting help from a nine-year-old Pennsylvania boy in their efforts to stop the decline of pollinating insects. Pollinators are responsible for one third of our food supply, but loss of habitat, parasites and pesticides have severely re

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