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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


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The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - TN: Water

Flying Asian carp can jump out of the water and cause boating accidents. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As the state continues its battle against invasive Asian carp, environmentalists say plans to erect new barriers to stop the carp from entering the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers are a step in the right direction. Michael Butler, CEO of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, said A

Asian carp are filter feeders, meaning they consume the base of the aquatic food chain, starving out and outcompeting native fish species. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee will receive federal funding to fight Asian carp as part of a $25 million budget appropriation recently passed by Congress. Asian carp are now found in all three of Tennessee's major waterways, from the Mississippi River to the Tennessee River, north of Chattanooga.

The Tennessee, Cumberland and Mississippi rivers are the three longest waterways running through Tennessee. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a new rule, saying it clarifies which types of waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act and which are not. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule, released last week, redefines the term "waters of the United States" t

A raccoon gnaws on a red plastic cup. Tennesseans have submitted hundreds of photos of trash across the state as part of a litter awareness campaign. (Eddie Johnson/Tenn. Wildlife Federation)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new campaign aims to raise awareness of Tennessee's trash problem. Hundreds of people have sent photos of litter in their communities to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, the group that launched the social media effort. Studies have found the Tennessee River contains m

Lake sturgeon are migratory fish, traveling an average of 62 miles to spawn. (Vladimir Wrangel/Adobe Stock)

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Scientists from the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and the state Wildlife Resources Agency have released 89 lake sturgeon into the Tennessee River, as part of an ongoing effort to replenish the wild population. These fish, which are listed as endangered, once

The Tennessee Aquarium has released 280 juvenile brook trout into Little Stony Creek, which flows through the Cherokee National Forest. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Protecting the native brook trout population is an upstream battle for Tennessee conservation groups. But things are looking up at year's end. The Tennessee Aquarium has just received its largest single donation since it began seeking financial support for its brook trou

The EPA tested for PFAS between 2013 and 2016, but since its program ended, there is no ongoing nationwide testing of drinking water for those chemicals. (Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr)

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Chemical compounds often used to make carpets, clothing and cookware are spreading into the country's water supply, including at least two communities in Tennessee, according to a new analysis that documents the chemical compounds known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substan

The Tennessee Wilderness Act is now part of the Federal Land Mangement Act of 2017 and would protect almost 20,000 acres in the Cherokee National Forest. (John Iwanski/Flickr)

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Tennessee is one step closer to protecting nearly 20,000 acres of public land in the Cherokee National Forest in the northeastern part of the state. A joint effort by Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker from Tennessee, and Pat Roberts of Kentucky, passed out of c

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