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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - PA: Urban Planning/Transportation

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

EQAT says reaching 20-percent solar-generated power would reduce carbon emissions and create jobs for Pennsylvania. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

UPPER DARBY, Pa. - Clean-energy advocates in Pennsylvania are demanding more solar power, and the jobs that go with it. Over the past year, members of the Earth Quaker Action Team, or EQAT, have held a dozen demonstrations outside buildings owned by PECO, the Philadelphia area's largest utility. Thi

About 40 Philadelphia buildings competed in a race to reduce energy use by 5 percent. (brigitsnow/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA — The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan was finalized one year ago today, and a new report says that the plan could provide big benefits for businesses. Business customers are responsible for nearly one-third of all electricity-related carbon pollution nationwide. But, acc

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