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PNS Daily Newscast - June 3, 2020 


Episcopal bishops call out Trump's appearance in front of St. John's Episcopal Church in DC; and a civil rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Dept.

2020Talks - June 3, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC had primaries yesterday, in the midst of both the new coronavirus pandemic and clashes between law enforcement and protestors.

Public News Service - WI: Energy Policy

PHOTO: Heating bills for January in Wisconsin will be much bigger than usual because of the bitter cold. (Image of $100 bill from U.S. Treasury)

MADISON, Wis. - It has been a brutally cold January in the Midwest, and a new term - polar vortex - has become part of our vocabulary. The year started out with a record cold snap, breaking records that had stood nearly 100 years, said Scott Reigstad, senior communications program manager, Alliant E

Johnathon Hladik of the Center for Rural Affairs says we need to re-think siting of power transmission lines.

LYONS, Neb. – The way electric transmission lines are built needs to change to take advantage of abundant wind power in the Midwest and Great Plains, according to a new report by the Center for Rural Affairs. Johnathon Hladik, the author of the report by the rural advocacy group, says the el

PHOTO: Tom Eggert, co-director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. The group is interested in the renewal of the Wind Production Tax Credit.

MADISON, Wis. - "Two cents" may not sound like much, but it's at the heart of the debate over the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), which will expire in a few weeks if Congress doesn't renew it. Wind-power producers receive about two cents back for every kilowatt-hour of power they generate, and ren

PHOTO: Bob Fagen, senior associate at Synapse Energy Econmics, Inc.

Home and business energy costs have been falling in the Midwest, and the wind industry is claiming partial credit. Bob Fagen with Synapse Energy Economics says while it's a win for consumers, other energy sectors aren't pleased, and that's why traditional energy producers have begun a campaign to tr

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - Summertime in Wisconsin means more time spent outdoors, breathing in the air. Jerry Medinger, manager of the Clean Fuels and Vehicle Technologies Program with the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, says most people do not realize how much air they take in every day. "The ave

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - Fifty bucks to fill your tank with gas? Not unheard of when gasoline prices are about $4 a gallon. Jerry Medinger, manager of the Clean Fuels and Vehicle Technology program for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, suggests things drivers can do to save money every day, inc

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. - Increasing numbers of Wisconsin farmers are cutting their power bills and reducing their carbon footprints by switching to alternative sources of energy. Harriet Behar, an organic specialist with the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), says farmers use a

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's recent political and policy shifts might have undermined clean-energy development and job creation. Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), says it's a distinct possibility. The Center's new study of Wisconsin's solar and wind

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