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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - PA: Environment

Forage fish attract larger predator fish, like striped bass, but they often wind up as the unintended bycatch in commercial fishing nets. (Reimar/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Forage fish have been declining in Pennsylvania rivers, but a bill now in Congress could help restore their numbers. Shad, river herring and other migratory species return to rivers like the Delaware and Susquehanna to breed, but they live much of their lives in ocean waters

A new report confirms improving agricultural land-management practices will be critical to fighting climate change. (Dusan Kostic/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new report says farming has an important role to play in fighting climate change. The Climate Change and Land Use report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says rising temperatures and severe weather are putting pressure on land, and methods of land use - in

Fossil fuel infrastructure in the U.S. includes about 2.6 million miles of pipelines. (Reinhard Tiburzy/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA – Environmental groups say an explosion earlier this week at a pump station along the Mariner East 2 gas pipeline highlights regulatory flaws and lack of oversight of the project. The explosion Monday at the Boot Road Pump Station shook homes and rattled windows half a mile away

In 2012, U.S. power plants produced approximately 110 million tons of coal ash. (Josef17/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to roll back coal-ash regulations put in place four years ago to protect public health and the environment. Coal ash contains a variety of toxic substances including arsenic, cadmium and chromium, and neurotoxins such as lead an

Proponents of clean energy say training workers to install solar power could help the climate and create jobs in areas hardest hit by pollution. (biker3/Adobe Stock)

COATESVILLE, Pa. - It's time to invest in local solar jobs. That's the message climate-justice advocates delivered to PECO on Tuesday. Clean-energy backers rallied in Coatesville, calling on Philadelphia Electric Co. to make local jobs a priority by committing to at least 20% solar power by 2025. A

Pennsylvania is far behind other Chesapeake Bay-area states in reducing water pollution from agriculture and stormwater runoff, according to a new report. (George Sheldon/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania has fallen far behind in its commitment to reduce pollution that flows downstream to Chesapeake Bay, according to a new report. In 2009, six watershed states signed onto the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, setting goals for reducing surface- and ground-water polluti

Rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation would weaken limits on greenhouse gas-emissions for vehicles. (khunkorn/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Climate change is making it harder to protect human health, according to a new report. The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2019 report says more than 141 million Americans live in counties that got an "F" for unhealthy air, an increase of 7 million over last year

The Friends of Allegheny Wilderness has maintained a wilderness trail in the Allegheny National forest for nearly two decades. (Friends of Allegheny Wilderness)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – This Saturday and Sunday, a volunteer group will be embarking on its 19th season of trail stewardship in a wilderness part of the Allegheny National Forest. Friends of Allegheny Wilderness (FAW) is looking for more folks to help – by hand – clearing and maintain

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