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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 


Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 


Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - TX: Environment

Photo (courtesy US Dept of Agriculture): aerial view of arundo near Big Bend National Park.

ROCKPORT, Texas - Its cultivation is banned in Texas, but it is poised to become a lucrative crop in other states if proposed new federal rules are approved. Conservationists are concerned that some species being considered for bio-fuel status by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) will cause m

PHOTO: Oiled turtle is recovered from Gulf of Mexico by NOAA Scientist following the 2010 spill. Courtesy of NOAA.

AUSTIN, Texas - Two and a half years after British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, spewing 5 million barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, a battle is brewing over how the B.P. fines will eventually be spent. The company is likely to pay out anywhere from $5 billion to $21 billio

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AUSTIN, Texas - Texas recently was ranked last in a national survey of electrical-system reliability, which might not surprise anyone who experienced last summer's rolling blackouts. State regulators are responding to the problem with a plan that kicks in today. They have raised the cap on wholesal

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - It started in Texas a year ago: grassroots pressure on the nation's leading retailer to recycle hazardous electronic waste (e-waste). The movement has since gone national, and last week it came full circle. More than 100 faith leaders from all 50 states signed an "Open Letter

HOUSTON - Does the nation's fifth-largest metropolitan area need a second international airport? United Airlines says no. The company is fighting a proposal by Southwest Airlines to expand service at Houston's Hobby Airport. However, the city's leading business advocacy organization, the Greater Ho

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - April is "Earth Month," when the environment gets more of the spotlight than usual. One major Texas retailer is hoping its customers will pay attention - at the cash register. The HEB grocery chain tear-pad program makes it easy to donate $1, $3, or $5 to environmental causes wh

AUSTIN, Texas - Two years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are just beginning to gauge its long-term impact, according to a just-released National Wildlife Federation report. While coastal areas in Texas and other Gulf states may appear relatively normal on the surface, the

DALLAS - As drilling companies seek to tap huge reserves of natural gas using modern technologies, some cities are finding it tricky to write new rules for hydraulic fracturing in residential areas. "Fracking" injects high volumes of water and chemicals into shale formations to release the gas. Al

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