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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2019 


Public impeachment hearings in Washington; dreamers protest in Texas; roadless wilderness areas possibly at risk around the country; and an ozone indicating garden, at the North Carolina Governor's Mansion.

2020Talks - November 13, 2019 


Supreme Court hears DACA arguments, and likely will side with the Trump administration, but doesn't take up a gun manufacturer's appeal. Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford drops out of presidential race; and former President Jimmy Carter recovers from brain surgery.

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Public News Service - PA: Water

The rule change would allow many power plants to continue discharging polluted water into waterways. (photostriker/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed extending compliance deadlines and creating new loopholes in clean-water rules that would allow some coal-fired power plants to keep polluting at current levels for years. The proposed changes affect rules put in place in 201

From 2003 to 2018, the waste generated by oil and gas operation in Pennsylvania increased by 1,500%. (FerrizFrames/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH – The amount of toxic waste from oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania has skyrocketed in recent years, and now a new map published by the environmental group Earthworks lets you see what's being dumped near you. In 2018 alone, fracking in the Keystone State generated 69 million ba

In 2012, U.S. power plants produced approximately 110 million tons of coal ash. (Josef17/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to roll back coal-ash regulations put in place four years ago to protect public health and the environment. Coal ash contains a variety of toxic substances including arsenic, cadmium and chromium, and neurotoxins such as lead an

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)

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 largest amphibian in North America, an Eastern hellbender can reach 29 inches in length. (Mike Pinder/CBF)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Tom Wolf will let the Eastern hellbender breathe a little easier, and help Pennsylvania's water get cleaner. Senate Bill 9 officially designated North America's largest salamander as the official state amphibian. The two-year effort to win that d

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

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

In 2018, Pennsylvania received $9,767,480 in Chesapeake Bay Program grants. (Photo @MonkMedium/Twenty20)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean-water advocates are calling on Congress to reject the Trump administration's proposed 90 percent cut in funding for the Chesapeake Bay program. For the third year in a row, the administration is asking for drastic cuts to the program that supports water-cleanup effort

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

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

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