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PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 


Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - WI: Energy Policy

PHOTO: Even with all of Wisconsin's rivers, streams and lakes, some communities are in near crisis because of a lack of groundwater. The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters says it will make groundwater protection its top goal in 2015. Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - "A few small steps forward." That's how Anne Sayers, program director for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, describes what's been accomplished this year to help protect Wisconsin's environment. Sayers said 2014 brought renewed citizen involvement in the Badger State, with

PHOTO: Clean Wisconsin says Democratic, Republican, and Independent voters in their recent poll showed strong support for clean and renewable energy. Photo courtesy of Clean WI.

MADISON, Wis. - There are many important considerations when voters in Wisconsin go to the polls Tuesday, but the state's largest environmental organization, Clean Wisconsin, says party affiliation makes essentially no difference to voters when it comes to Wisconsin's energy future. Keith Reopell

PHOTO: Later this month, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will mark 30 years of service to sustainable agriculture with a cover crop field day and celebration. (Photo courtesy MFAI)

EAST TROY, Wis. – This month the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will mark 30 years of service to organic and sustainable agriculture. Jim Stute, the Institute’s research director, says the past three decades have seen huge growth and the future is bright because of consumer dema

PHOTO: Rather than see their air polluted by burning fossil fuels, a new poll shows Wisconsin voters strongly favor the state mandating use of more renewable energy resources. Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin voters are all about clean energy, no matter what their political views; that's the finding of a recent poll, conducted jointly by a democratic-and-republican research team. Keith Reopelle is senior policy director with the state's largest environmental group, Clean Wiscons

PHOTO: Three-quarters of the sand used in fracking operations worldwide comes from western Wisconsin. A UW-Madison researcher says there are far too many unknowns about the environmental impacts of fracking, and that more studies should be done. Photo courtesy of The Sierra Club.

MADISON, Wis. - It may be a little too much of a gamble. The biological impacts of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" to release pockets of natural gas and petroleum from shale formations underground are still largely unknown, according to University of Wisconsin conservation fellow Sara Souther. I

PHOTO: Wisconsin is still too dependent on burning coal for electricity, according to the state's largest environmental group, which says at least there's progress being made on more renewable resources. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Watch)

MADISON, Wis. - There is mixed news regarding Wisconsin's future energy priorities, according to an official of the state's largest environmental organization. The good news is that the state's utilities have hit their renewable-energy target two years ahead of schedule, said Keith Reopelle, senior

GRAPHIC: The American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report shows that Wisconsin's hot summer led to worse ozone pollution, which the ALA calls a challenging situation with changing climate. (SOTA logo provided by ALA-WI

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - The American Lung Association's annual "State of the Air" report was released today, and an official for the group in Wisconsin says it looks like we're moving in the right direction. "Particle pollution is improving nationwide and we're seeing that in Wisconsin, but we still hav

PHOTO: Keith Reopelle of Clean Wisconsin says a proposal to boost the amount of clean energy used to generate Wisconsin's electricity would be good for the environment and the economy. (Photo provided by Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. - Thirty percent of the electricity in Wisconsin would be generated by renewable sources by 2030 under a plan called the Wisconsin Renewable Energy Act, introduced this week by four members of the state Legislature. The state now is on track for 10 percent renewable energy by 2015.

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