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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump fixer Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: higher smoking rates causing some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - WI: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Piping plovers are territorial and don't nest close together, but often spread out across a long stretch of beach. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Bird enthusiasts and conservation groups say the Trump administration's plans to change the Endangered Species Act would make it more difficult to recover threatened or endangered birds. The proposal, announced last week by the Interior and Commerce departments, would end the

The Kinnickinnic River is popular for kayaking, trout fishing and more. (Friends of the Kinni)

RIVER FALLS, Wis. – The Kinnickinic River is at the heart of River Falls, Wisconsin, and offers visitors to the Twin Cities area opportunities for trout fishing, kayaking and more. But advocates for the Kinnickinic say the two dams on the river put its health in jeopardy, and it's on a list of

Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in the deer herd in 24 Wisconsin counties. The disease is progressive and always fatal. (WI DNR)

MADISON, Wis. – With the nine-day gun deer hunt now under way in Wisconsin, it's expected half a million hunters will take to the woods. If recent trends continue, nearly 100,000 of these hunters will take a deer. Several state agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources and th

Wisconsin residents who live near this national forest say the state's bear hunt is diminishing the recreational value of public lands. (USDA photo)

MADISON, Wis. – A number of environmental groups, including the Endangered Species Coalition, want to keep hunters who use packs of dogs out of public lands in Wisconsin, including the state's national forests. The groups say the hunters and their dogs have made the public lands inhospitable

People are successfully coexisting with wolves, says a Wisconsin conservationist, who opposes changes to the Endangered Species Act. (AFP/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – With talk in Washington about changing or reforming the Endangered Species Act, a Wisconsin wolf expert says this is not the time for a change. Melissa Smith of Madison, who is the Great Lakes wolf coordinator for the Endangered Species Coalition, points to a success story in

Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, including in Wisconsin, according to a new study. (ivandzyuba/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin is among the top ten states for ethanol production, with nine plants pumping out more than 500 million gallons of ethanol each year. But a new study shows a strong tie between ethanol production and the destruction of wildlife habitat. Environmental Protection Agency rule

A Wisconsin conservationist looks forward to the challenges 2017 will bring. (Jag_cz/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Looking back on 2016, one of Wisconsin's leading conservationists says some of the best things that happened were proposed laws that didn't pass. The State Legislature debated a number of bills that would have directly impacted a huge number of Wisconsinites, but pushback fro

The gray wolf once flourished in Wisconsin, but is now on an imperiled species list. (kjekol/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – As the Obama administration prepares to hand over power to President-elect Donald Trump, the Endangered Species Coalition has just released its top 10 list of imperiled species. The advocacy group wants the next administration to take steps to slow the rates of extinction. On

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