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PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 


The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 1, 2020 


Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma all finished up their elections Tuesday, and Medicaid expansion in OK appears to have passed. And, a Supreme Court ruling could open the door for more public money to religious institutions.

Public News Service - PA: Public Lands/Wilderness

The Clean Water Rule would protect small streams and headwaters. Credit: Brubakerslegacy/Wikimedia Commons

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule has been put on hold by federal courts, but environmental groups fear some in Congress may try to overturn it with legislation. The EPA finalized the rule last spring, reestablishing federal authority to protect s

The grant will target 106 miles of polluted waterways in the Juniata River Basin. Credit: Cngodles/en.wikipedia

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has received a $265,000 grant to reduce pollution and improve water quality in Pennsylvania rivers damaged by agricultural pollution. The grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will target three waterways in the Juniata River Basin. Acco

Water-quality programs in the field reinforce classroom lessons for Pennsylvania kids. Courtesy: Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - School kids from 10 Pennsylvania counties are getting hands-on learning experiences in water quality. It's the 25th year of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Susquehanna Watershed Education Program. This year, sixth-through-12th graders from 19 different schools are spending a day

Runoff entering the Allegheny River contains arsenic, lead and mercury. Credit: David Fulmer/Wikimedia Commons

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A federal judge says PPG Industries violated the law by allowing toxic runoff from a former waste dump to flow into the Allegheny River. The contamination enters into the river 38 miles upstream from Pittsburgh's primary drinking water intake pipe. David Masur, executive director

Conservationists say nature is a winner under the first-ever federal rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

PITTSBURGH – A plan for reducing carbon pollution in the U.S. has been finalized by the Obama administration. The EPA's Clean Power Plan, released Monday, sets a 32 percent goal for cutting emissions from power plants by 2030. Ed Perry, Pennsylvania coordinator for the National Wildlife Feder

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

PHOTO: Conservation and environmental groups are harshly criticizing the first few months of a GOP-led Congress they say has done nothing to benefit clean air, clean water or wilderness protection. Photo credit: Beth Little.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The 114th U.S. Congress gets a failing grade from conservation and environmental groups for the lawmakers' first four months of the session. The Climate Action Campaign, Defenders of Wildlife, The Wilderness Society, Clean Water Action – among others – have tall

PHOTO: A new study of online records for just three states found fracking companies committed an average of two-and-a-half violations of drilling rules a day. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - On average, fracking companies commit more than two-and-a-half drilling violations a day, according to a new study drawn from just a small portion of available public record information. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) studied five years' worth of online reports for P

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