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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2021 


Pro-democracy groups in West Virginia urging support for the "For the People Act;" the debate rages on over Michigan's proposed trans sports ban.


2021Talks - April 9, 2021 


A House bill pushing states on permit-to-purchase handgun laws aims to cut gun violence; HUD Secretary announces nearly $5B in rental assistance; and record numbers of asylum seekers turned back from U.S. are seeking sanctuary in Mexico.

Public News Service - PA: Rural/Farming

Some older, low-producing gas wells release more methane into the air than they capture for sale. (evgenii/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmental groups say actions in Washington and Harrisburg to curb methane emissions are major steps forward, but they see a big loophole in regulations that still needs to be closed. In his first week in office, President Joe Biden directed the Environmental Protection Agency

Pennsylvania is increasing forest buffers that keep sediment and nutrient pollution from reaching waterways, but a new report says more must be done. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - After years of weakening environmental regulations, a new report says there's hope for restoring Chesapeake Bay but Pennsylvania needs to meet its clean-water commitments. The 2020 State of the Bay report showed that four of 13 key indicators of bay health have declined, but most

The Pennsylvania DEP has identified agricultural runoff as the source of pollution for 5,765 miles of impaired waterways. (World Travel Photos/Adobe Audition)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A new bill in the General Assembly could help Pennsylvania farmers reduce the amount of polluted runoff in rivers and streams and help the state meet its clean water commitments. Almost one-third of Commonwealth streams don't meet standards for drinking, fishing or recreation, a

Pennsylvania's plan fails to meet commitments for reductions in nitrogen pollution from agriculture and other sources. (jonbilous/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Clean-water advocates are suing the Environmental Protection Agency for approving plans they say will fail to meet required reductions in pollution flowing to Chesapeake Bay. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S District Court for the District of Columbia by the Chesapeake Bay F

Agriculture accounts for 93% of the nitrogen pollution reductions needed to meet Pennsylvania's Clean Water Blueprint commitments. (asafaric/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A new report shows Pennsylvania needs to do much more to meet its goal under the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint. Three states are responsible for about 90% of the pollution damaging the bay. The report, from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, says Virginia and Maryland have pl

To benefit pollinators, the Giant Co.'s new solar farm has been seeded with flowering plants throughout the site. (Center for Pollinators in Energy)

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CARLISLE, Pa. -- A solar-array project unveiled in Carlisle on Monday will not only generate renewable power, but will also provide real benefits for local farms and pollinator insects. The seven-acre pollinator-friendly solar array will provide power to the headquarters of Giant Foods, a major su

Agriculture continues to be a major source of nitrogen pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Environmental Protection Agency could face federal lawsuits if it doesn't take action against states not meeting their obligations to clean up water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, watershed states are required to develop implemen

About 30,000 students have participated in SWEEP since it began 30 years ago. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Students soon will be exploring local waterways by canoe as they learn how streams work and the importance of clean water. April 1 marks the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 30th annual Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education Program, or SWEEP. According to Kass

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