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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - WI: Environment

Supporters of conservation practices, such as cover crops, are hoping to convince more farmers to incorporate them into their operations as market challenges persist. (Adobe Stock)

FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Wisconsin farmers aren't immune to changing weather patterns affecting the Midwest. That's why those who are adopting conservation practices hope other farmers follow suit. The National Climate Assessment said heavy downpours and flooding are among the biggest climate-change t

In addition to the Midwest and East Coast, the rusty patched bumble bee was also common in many parts of Canada. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

MADISON, Wis. -- A certain kind of bumble bee that once thrived in the Midwest and along the East Coast is now endangered, and federal officials are moving forward with plans to reverse the population decline of the insect. The rusty patched bumble bee was added to the federal Endangered Species L

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and legislative leaders have made clean water a priority for the Badger State. (Steve Johnson/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. -- More states might make clean water a priority in 2020, and Wisconsin is among them as lawmakers seek to protect residents from harmful chemicals and other contaminants. A group of state lawmakers say they plan to seek approval of legislation that would invest millions of dollars i

Wild pigs have become such a nuisance in Texas that this year, the state passed a new law allowing people to hunt them without a license. (NASA/Wikipedia)

MADISON, Wis. — Hunters are fanning out across Wisconsin for the nine-day firearm deer season, which got underway over the weekend. As they pursue a successful hunt, state officials want hunters to keep an eye out for an invasive animal. Wild pigs, also known as feral hogs, can spread disease

Toxic chemicals called PFAS are used in common products such as non-stick frying pans. (JPC24M/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. - A new report from the National Wildlife Federation calls for elected leaders in Wisconsin and other states to confront what it calls a "PFAS crisis." The toxic chemical is linked to certain cancers and other health problems, and has been detected in drinking, ground and surface wate

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

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