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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - TX: Environment

Rooftop solar reduces the need to tap expensive power plants during spikes in demand, keeping prices down for all electricity customers and strengthening grid viability. (USAF)

AUSTIN, Texas – This weekend, homeowners in Texas and all 50 states are opening their homes to friends, neighbors or anyone curious about adding solar energy to power homes. Texas ranks sixth nationally for total installed solar capacity, but most solar arrays are at utility scale, not on in

According to the latest report by international climate scientists, just 11 years remain to reverse course on climate pollution before the path toward catastrophic impacts becomes irreversible. (Julian Meehan/Flickr)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden, Texas students are joining a global strike today calling for immediate action on climate change. Jacob Slaughter, organizer with the group Aggies for Climate Justice, says students' aims include creat

Flood damage debris lines a Houston residential street following Hurricane Harvey in 2017. More than 200,000 homes and businesses along the Texas Gulf Coast were damaged or destroyed by the storm. (IrinaK/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

HOUSTON – The State of Texas, still reeling from damage from Hurricane Harvey and other recent storms, has taken a major step toward improving its flood preparedness. Two years ago, the Category Four storm left 89 people dead and caused some $125 billion in damage along the Texas coast. In i

Projects are under development to restore and protect deep-sea habitat and coral reefs such as the Flower Garden Banks Reef off the Texas coast in the Gulf of Mexico. (Flickr)

GALVESTON, Texas – Almost a decade after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, government agencies are still spending millions of dollars to restore the Gulf Of Mexico. The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group is planning to spend about $130 million over the next seven years to study, res

Mercury pollution in the United States has declined by 80 percent since 2012. The neurotoxic heavy metal has been shown to disrupt fetal brain development. (PDTillman/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mothers from 15 states including Texas traveled to the nation's capital this week to testify against moves by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which set limits on mercury and other toxic pollution from coal-fired power

The National Butterfly Center in Mission is one of seven Texas wildlife conservation areas that could be affected by President Donald Trumpís border wall expansion. (National Butterfly Center)

MISSION, Texas — Conservation groups are already challenging the Trump administration over its declaration of a national emergency to build border walls in Texas and other states. The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit Friday over

President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border would pass through several wildlife conservation hotspots, including Texas' Big Bend and the Lower Rio Grande Valley on the Gulf Coast. (Yinan Chen/Wikimedia Commons)

MCALLEN, Texas – As President Donald Trump visits the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to promote his proposed wall, wildlife conservationists are sounding the alarm. Paul Sanchez-Navarro, senior Texas representative of the conservation group Defenders of Wildlife, says millions of dollars invest

In December, the Texas Municipal Power Association announced plans to shutter the Gibbons Creek coal-fired power plant indefinitely due to high operating costs. (Pmelton87/Wikimedia Commons)

GEORGETOWN, Texas – In 2018, Georgetown became the first city in Texas to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, and conservationists are pushing Austin, Bryan, Garland, San Antonio and other municipalities to join some 100 cities nationwide that have made commitments to tr

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