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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2018 


The Trump administration pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Also on the Wednesday rundown: State AGs push back on the Trump border policy; and we look at the link between zinc and fertility.

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Public News Service - WV: Environment

Initial research found higher levels of cancer and birth defects in residents around surface mines, but a broad federal study to follow up on those problems was canceled. (Vivian Stockman/Southwings)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – New evidence suggests political pressure had a role in the U.S. Department of the Interior's sudden cancellation of a major study on the health impacts of mountaintop-removal mining. According to a newly released Inspector General's letter to Congress, the Interior Depar

Pennsylvania State University Prof. Michael Mann is considered one of the nation's most important climate scientists. He'll be at a Charleston event that's open to the public Tuesday. (Tom Cogill)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One of the nation's most prominent climate researchers will be at an event in Charleston on Tuesday. Michael Mann is a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. He said he's hoping to see climate ske

Folks who want to resupply a protester blocking the Mountain Valley Pipeline say the Forest Service is keeping them 125 feet from the tall pole she occupies. (Appalachians Against Pipelines)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – After a month-and-a-half of pole-sitting on Peter's Mountain, a protester blocking progress of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is living on energy bars, packets of applesauce and rainwater - but has no plans to leave. The pole was erected in the middle of the sole acce

Justice First organizer Rev. Leo Woodberry says their effort is timed to lead up to the People's Climate March 2018, and ahead of this fall's elections. (Vimeo/The People's Climate March)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A tour of 10 southern states focusing on clean energy and justice issues kicks off today in Raleigh, N.C. The Justice First campaign will visit more than 20 cities by mid-August, highlighting environmental, economic, racial and gender justice, among other issues. The Rev.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Tree sitters" are stalling construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Members of the group Appalachians Against Pipelines are physically occupying two trees and a vertical pole erected in the middle of the only access road on Peter's Mountain, which straddles the

The outdoor recreation industry says public lands are key to West Virginia's economic future.<br />(Birthplace of Rivers/Sam Taylor)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – With the Trump administration shrinking national monuments out West, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., remains evasive about the public lands some say could be key to West Virginia's future. The U.S. Interior Department announced late last year that it is shrinking two Utah nat

After growing for a decade, American natural-gas consumption fell sharply in 2017, to the surprise of many observers. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Government figures show a surprising drop in natural-gas use in the United States last year. Despite a growing economy, overall energy demand was down slightly in 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal-fired electricity continued its long-term

While West Virginia mineral owners often focus on getting a fair price from drillers for their natural gas, surface land owners are often more concerned about the impact of the big, industrial scale drilling operations. (WV Sierra Club)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a contentious public hearing and changes by the House Judiciary Committee, a West Virginia surface owners group is now in favor of a gas-pooling bill. A central provision of what supporters call co-tenancy legislation would let drillers take the natural gas from a l

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