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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 - WI: Environment

Cover crops could help prevent fallow syndrome, which can decrease crop yield. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin farmers are struggling after wet and cold weather this spring and summer. Jim Stute, research director at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, says farmers should consider cover crops to alleviate some of the pain. Stute points out the state has a lot of pre

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of human-made chemicals used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s, including firefighting foam. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – Firefighting foam may not be as life-saving as you think. The foam often contains chemicals known as polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which can be found in a wide range of products, from nonstick cookware to fast-food wrappers. However, recent studies suggest that exposure t

Up to $700 million will be available for the Conservation Stewardship Program this year. (William Garrett/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – The deadline for farmers to apply for the country's largest working lands conservation program is approaching fast. The program offers financial support to farmers who keep their land healthy through conservation practices, including cover cropping and water irrigation manage

LRB-1244 authorizes a market-based framework to facilitate more water-quality trades in Wisconsin. (Greyerbaby/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – A bill introduced this week by Republican legislators that would create a clearinghouse between fixed-source polluters and water-pollution credit generators in Wisconsin is drawing questions from some environmental groups. The bill introduced Tuesday would streamline the state

Foxconn's 20-million square-foot campus was praised by President Donald Trump as proof of his ability to revive American manufacturing. (Wikimedia Commons)

GURNEE, Ill. – Despite Foxconn's failed promise to bring a bounty of blue collar factory jobs back to the Midwest, its development center that it now says will be staffed by scientists and engineers still could cause flooding and environmental issues for Racine County in Wisconsin. Foxconn p

The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study examines whether there is contamination in drinking-water wells, and what might be causing it. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – A new water quality task force has been proposed for Wisconsin after a recent study showed widespread health concerns about drinking water wells in several counties. For about a decade, conservation groups had warned Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Party leaders that

Trout fishing had an annual economic impact of $1.6 billion in the Driftless area in 2015, according to the

MADISON, Wis. — The latest twist in the bitter dispute over state groundwater playing out in the courts and at the Capitol includes the Department of Natural Resources’ approval of high-capacity wells in areas deemed harmful to trout streams. In 2015, the agency found pumping could har

Sustain Dane's 10th annual summit this year is focused on lifting up historically marginalized voices in the sustainability movement. (Sustain Dane)

MADISON, Wis. – Sustainability advocates gather next week at the University of Wisconsin for their annual meeting. The organization Sustain Dane holds its tenth annual summit next Friday to share ideas for creating a sustainable future, and this year the group honors local leaders under age 30

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