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PNS Daily Newscast - April 16, 2021 


UPDATE: At least 8 people dead and more wounded after a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis; Florida's Republican lawmakers vote overwhelmingly to pass so-called "anti-riot" bill


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Biden announces tough sanctions on Russia; Pelosi says she won't bring bill to floor expanding Supreme Court; and Harris announces largest ever U.S. investment in childcare.

Public News Service - PA: Rural/Farming

SB 780 would require insurance companies to cover telemedicine-provided health services. (Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – With the state legislative session coming to a close, advocates are still hoping a bill that would expand options for Pennsylvanians to get health care will get a final vote. Senate Bill 780 would require insurance companies to offer coverage for telemedicine services prov

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

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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

More than 35,000 family farms are in the Pennsylvania portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (12019/Pixabay)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Chesapeake Bay is getting cleaner, but a new analysis says much more needs to be done to clean up pollution coming from Pennsylvania rivers and streams. The midpoint assessment of compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint shows the water in the bay is clearer

State and federal officials and local high school students joined Chesapeake Bay Foundation president Will Baker in planting the first tree. (B.J. Small/CBF Staff)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - A statewide partnership launched a major effort Tuesday to help protect rivers and streams by planting 10 million trees in the state by the end of 2025. Trees planted next to streets and waterways form natural buffers to keep sediment and pollutants from reaching the water. The Ke

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

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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

Advocates say failure to renew the programs could force rural hospitals to cut services or close. (Pixabay)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – As many as 25 rural hospitals in Pennsylvania could be in trouble if Congress doesn't act. Two programs that boost Medicare payments to rural hospitals will expire at the end of this month if they are not renewed or replaced. Hospitals in isolated areas often serve lower nu

The Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education program is in its 27th year. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two dozen students held class in canoes Monday to learn first-hand the importance of clean water. It was the opening day of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's fall 2017 Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education Program, or SWEEP. Students from the Steelton High School Scie

Pennsylvania is missing goals for reducing agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. (Dincher/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Chesapeake Bay is getting cleaner, but Pennsylvania is falling significantly short of meeting some of its goals for reducing pollution flowing into the bay. Under the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, watershed states are required to implement 60 percent of practices to

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