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PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2019 


The nation’s acting Defense Secretary is under investigation for promoting Boeing, his former employer. Also on the Thursday rundown: The Trump administration’s spending blueprint being called a “bully budget.” Plus, a call for the feds to protect consumers from abusive lenders.

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Public News Service - PA: Animal Welfare

Pets can suffer from frostbite, exposure and dehydration if left outside in cold weather. (mtajmr/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Animal rights advocates are reminding pet owners that cold weather can be fatal to dogs and cats that remain outside. Many people keep their pets in backyard enclosures or tied to dog houses, even during the winter. But like humans, pets can suffer from deadly frostbite a

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 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

Almost 60 municipalities have prohibited wild animal acts or training animals with bullhooks. (Steve Jurvetson/Flickr)

PITTSBURGH -- Clowns and animal-rights advocates crowded Pittsburgh's City Council chambers this week, speaking their minds about a proposed ban on wild-animal acts in the city. The ordinance, based on a similar law in San Francisco, would prohibit performances involving wild or exotic animals. Kri

More than a dozen circuses continue to use elephants, but Ringling Brothers has now ended the practice. (Laura Bittner/Flickr)

WILKES BARRE, Pa. – Ringling Brothers Circus on Sunday closed the curtain on the use of elephants in its shows with a final performance in Wilkes Barre. Pressure has been mounting on circuses to end elephant acts. For the elephants, the traveling shows can mean long hours of being shackled a

Shorter winters are making Pennsylvania uninhabitable for the snowshoe hare, according to a new report. (National Wildlife Federation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's state tree, state fish and state bird could disappear from the commonwealth altogether by the end of this century, according to a new study that says it's happening right now. A mini-report by the National Wildlife Federation says every decade the state gets a litt

PHOTO: Hunters and anglers in Pennsylvania are nearly unanimous in their support for a controversial EPA's clean water policy, according to a new poll. Pennsylvania stream photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

CARLISLE, Pa. – A poll of national and Pennsylvania hunters and anglers has found overwhelming support, even among self-described conservatives, for a controversial EPA clean water policy. Commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the survey found support for an EPA plan to ap

A federal court has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen to clean up Pennsylvania tributaries of Chesapeake Bay - including reducing polluted farm runoff. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal court victory has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen on Pennsylvania farms to help meet the goals of a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan. A federal appeals court ruling this week reaffirmed the legality of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, whi

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