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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


2021Talks - April 16, 2021 


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

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay requires cleaning up Pennsylvania rivers and streams. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean-water advocates say proposed federal cuts in Chesapeake Bay restoration funds would reverse years of progress. The Trump administration is proposing a 93 percent cut in federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program, a multi-state agreement administered by the Environm

About 19,000 miles of Pennsylvania rivers and streams are damaged by pollution. (Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Chesapeake Bay is getting healthier, but a new report says Pennsylvania needs to step up its efforts to cut pollution flowing into the bay. The latest State of the Bay report showed that the bay's health index has gone up two points since 2014, from a grade of D-plus to C-minu

Conversion of stream buffers to crop production has increased agricultural runoff, creating problems for wildlife and water quality. (JackTheVicar/Wikipedia)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - The federal Renewable Fuel Standard has led to the destruction of millions of acres of wildlife habitat and has endangered water supplies, according to a new report. The National Wildlife Federation report, "Fueling Destruction," said wildlife has been put at risk by converting pr

Pennsylvania has more than 1,300 Christmas tree farms. (CBF Photo)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – If you want to help the environment this Christmas, you might want to "get real" when you're shopping for a tree. Environmentalists point out artificial Christmas trees often end up as plastic waste in a landfill. And according to B.J. Small, director of media and communica

Half the fresh water flowing to Chesapeake Bay comes from the Susquehanna River Basin. (Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania will receive almost $29 million of new federal and state funding to help reduce pollution flowing into Chesapeake Bay. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the state of Pennsylvania committed the additional funding at the

About 1,400 miles of rivers and streams in five priority counties have been damaged by agricultural pollution. (Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Making five Pennsylvania counties a top priority could help put the state back on track to meet its clean-water goals. The Clean Water Blueprint, a six-state agreement to reduce pollution and sediment flowing into Chesapeake Bay, is off course - and Pennsylvania is responsible for

Agricultural runoff is the biggest source of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. (Nicholas/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is falling behind in its efforts to clean up water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are supposed to achieve 60 percent of court ordered Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals by 2017. But according to Harry Campbell, exec

Land purchased from bankrupt coal companies could help revive Appalachian economies. (Shuvaev/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - With the decline of the coal industry in Appalachia, there are plenty of ideas being floated to revive the region's economy. Former journalist Jim Branscome calls his the Appalachian Homestead Act, an idea he detailed in recent op-ed articles in some of the region's largest newsp

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