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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - PA: Oceans

Forage fish attract larger predator fish, like striped bass, but they often wind up as the unintended bycatch in commercial fishing nets. (Reimar/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Forage fish have been declining in Pennsylvania rivers, but a bill now in Congress could help restore their numbers. Shad, river herring and other migratory species return to rivers like the Delaware and Susquehanna to breed, but they live much of their lives in ocean waters

Break Free From Plastic representatives Jed Alegado, Lakshmi Narayan and Myrna Dominguez are visiting U.S. communities affected by gas and oil production. (Debra Smit/Breathe Project)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Plastics have serious negative impacts throughout the supply chain – that's the message brought to Pittsburgh this week by activists from India and the Philippines. The representatives of Break Free From Plastic, a global movement seeking solutions to what they call t

A warming climate and rising sea levels already are affecting U.S. military bases. (Robert J. Sitar, USN/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA - National security experts say President Trump's actions to roll back or eliminate programs to slow global climate change will put the country in danger. According to retired Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney, chief executive of the American Security Project, climate change alrea

Wetlands need to be able to migrate inland as sea levels rise. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Rising sea levels from global climate change are threatening wildlife, recreation and economies along the America's eastern seacoast, but a new report outlines steps to reduce the impact and adapt to changes. The National Wildlife Federation report, “Changing Tides,&#

A federal court has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen to clean up Pennsylvania tributaries of Chesapeake Bay - including reducing polluted farm runoff. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal court victory has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen on Pennsylvania farms to help meet the goals of a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan. A federal appeals court ruling this week reaffirmed the legality of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, whi

GRAPHIC: Agricultural and conservation activities on Central Pennsylvania creeks, streams and rivers play a significant role in the overall health of Chesapeake Bay, according to the latest biennial report on the state of the bay. Image courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The condition of Chesapeake Bay is still very fragile, according to a new report just released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This year the bay comes in with an overall score of D-plus, the same grade as the last report in 2012. Will Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Found

PHOTO: Atlantic offshore wind power potential hasn't yet been tapped, although a new report says Pennsylvania could help push development with state policies. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

PHILADELPHIA - The water is waiting for wind-power development. A handful of offshore wind projects are well on their way, but according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, thousands of acres of Atlantic waters still are available. Report author Catherine Bowes called it a "gold

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says dedicating state funding to cleaner water in Pennsylvania is a sound investment. Photo courtesy of publicdomainpics.net.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Clean water is a vital resource in the lives of Pennsylvanians, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is urging Gov. Tom Corbett to address the importance of investing in it when he makes his budget address today. According to Harry Campbell, executive director of CBF in Pennsylvani

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