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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


2021Talks - February 26, 2021 


A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - PA: Rural/Farming

A landslide insurance bill introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly could help deal with disasters brought on by climate change. (trekandphoto/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- There's good news for Pennsylvania in a new "State of the States 2020" report. Stateline's annual report covers five major topics that are among the hottest legislative issues across the country. According to Noelle Straub, deputy managing editor at Stateline, one area where the

Pennsylvania's clean water plan has an annual funding gap of more than $300 million. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for reducing pollution flowing into Chesapeake Bay can't meet its 2025 goals, but the Environmental Protection Agency is not taking required actions. Under the Clean Water Act, the EPA is supposed to impose consequences on an

Pennsylvania farmers harvested oysters, set crab traps and tested the nitrogen content of Chesapeake Bay water during a three-day, hands-on learning experience. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania farmers and conservation professionals just spent some time on Chesapeake Bay to gain firsthand experience with the impact they have on the water - and on those who depend on the bay to make their living. Agriculture is a major source of sediment and nutrient pollutio

A new report confirms improving agricultural land-management practices will be critical to fighting climate change. (Dusan Kostic/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new report says farming has an important role to play in fighting climate change. The Climate Change and Land Use report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says rising temperatures and severe weather are putting pressure on land, and methods of land use - in

Pennsylvania is far behind other Chesapeake Bay-area states in reducing water pollution from agriculture and stormwater runoff, according to a new report. (George Sheldon/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania has fallen far behind in its commitment to reduce pollution that flows downstream to Chesapeake Bay, according to a new report. In 2009, six watershed states signed onto the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, setting goals for reducing surface- and ground-water polluti

The proposed changes would remove protections from many small streams and wetlands. (pxhere)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Monday will be the last day of the public comment period on proposed changes to the Clean Water Act that environmentalists say will put access to clean water at risk. The Environmental Protection Agency proposal would redefine which waters in the United States come under th

Chesapeake Bay is in danger of increased pollution from rivers and streams. (mcfisher/Pixabay)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Chesapeake Bay became more polluted last year for the first time in a decade according to a new report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - and a majority of the pollution came from Pennsylvania. The foundation's "State of the Bay Report" said extreme weather from climate c

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

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