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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2020 


Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 


Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Public News Service - PA: Urban Planning/Transportation

House Democrats in Congress have proposed a 5-year, reauthorizing $760 billion in infrastructure spending and a plan for how the money would be spent. (batya/Adobe Stock)

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Mayors, councilmembers and other local elected officials were in Washington this week to talk about their agenda for this presidential election year. More than 2,000 officials attended the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference. Their list of priorities for fede

Changing seasonal weather, severe storms, drought and flooding are affecting businesses of all types in the Keystone State. (eric/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH – Companies doing business in Pennsylvania are warning investors that climate change is a threat to productivity and profits. President Donald Trump attended an event sponsored by the natural gas industry in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, where he celebrated beginning the process of with

ORSANCO has managed pollution controls on the entire Ohio River system since 1948. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

PITTSBURGH – The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission will vote this week on a proposal that critics say would weaken environmental protections along the river. The Ohio River is used heavily for transportation and recreation and is the source of drinking water for 5 million people.

More than a million commuters ride SEPTA trains and buses daily. (Buswizard [Public domain]/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA – Banning ads about controversial issues is a violation of free-speech rights – that's the claim of a lawsuit filed against the nation's sixth-largest public transit system. The Center for Investigative Reporting has compiled data showing racial disparities in home mortgag

As electric vehicles increase their range, more charging stations will be needed to meet the demand. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is lagging behind some other states in creating the infrastructure to support electric vehicles, but a bill making its way through the General Assembly could change that. Transportation is one of the main sources of carbon pollution. But without a reliable netw

Pennsylvania bat populations have been devastated by human activity and disease. Now, they face another threat from oil and gas development. (Don Pfritzer/Wikimedia Commons)

BRISTOL, Pa. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments on a proposal to allow oil and gas companies to kill bats, including some endangered species, in three states. Nine companies have requested what's known as an Incidental Take Permit. It would allow them to kill ba

Parents and children wanted township supervisors to deny the permit for Range Resources to drill a third natural gas well near a school. (Moms Clean Air Force)

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. – Over parents' objections, a permit has been granted for a third natural gas well to be drilled near a public school in Washington County. Mount Pleasant Township supervisors approved the conditional use permit on Wednesday night. But according to Patrice Tomcik, an orga

Delaware Riverkeeper says the PennEast Pipeline would clear 400 acres of forest and cross 234 bodies of water. (Niteshift/Wikimedia Commons)

BRISTOL, Pa. – The public comment period on the PennEast Pipeline Draft Environmental Impact Statement closed Monday, and one environmental group has mounted a major challenge to the project. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has submitted eighty pages of objections to the content and omission

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