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PNS Daily Newscast - April 28, 2017 


In focus on our rundown today: President Trump says he’ll “renegotiate” NAFTA rather than pull out; Texas groups oppose Congress’ second try at a health care bill; and wildlife takes over a Florida school.

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Public News Service - AR: Public Lands/Wilderness

Participants at the first Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit will discuss managing and preserving the state’s natural resources, such as Hot Springs National Park. (zrfphoto/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Environmental advocates and public officials are meeting today at the first Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit, to examine the state's critical ecological issues. The goal of the summit is to tackle some of the public-policy questions about the environment that are sure t

The Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area is among the public lands to be protected from air pollution by the EPA’s Arkansas Regional Haze Plan. (National Park Service)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It took a lawsuit by an environmental group to get it done, but the Environmental Protection Agency has finally released clean air regulations for public lands in Arkansas. The Arkansas Regional Haze Plan is designed to clear the air pollution in the Caney Creek and Upper

A couple of groups have come forward in opposition to six large broiler chicken houses proposed for the Strawberry River Watershed. (univar.edu)

EVENING SHADE, Ark. – A lawsuit could be filed before summer wraps up over plans to build a new poultry plant in Northeast Arkansas. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Arkansas Rights Koalition (ARK) have sent a letter to the Farm Service Agency, the Small Business Administration and the

Harmful blue-green algae is increasing in bodies of water across the country because of climate change, farming practices and storm and wastewater runoff. (USGS)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Algal blooms in bodies of water across the nation are increasing as a result of climate change, farming practices, storm and wastewater runoff and other environmental issues. They're naturally occurring, but produce toxins that get into the air, water or food, and can cau

PHOTO: Halloween wraps up National Bat Week. The northern long-eared bat, found in Arkansas, has been proposed for an Endangered Species Act listing. Credit: StevenThomas/National Park Service

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Bats are one of the stars for Halloween celebrations tonight, and part of this week's "National Bat Week" observance is bat myth-busting. Dianne Odegard, outreach coordinator at Bat Conservation International, says once you get to know bats, you realize they are "rock stars." And

PHOTO: A lawsuit over government subsidies for a huge confined pig operation next to this tributary of the Buffalo River says hog waste run-off could damage the pristine water of a national park that draws a million visitors annually.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A lawsuit against government subsidies for a factory hog farm near a pristine Arkansas river argues that taxpayer money is being put at risk in a way that endangers a national treasure. A coalition of conservation and citizen groups is suing over federal loan guarantees to C&H Ho

PHOTO: When the Sierra Club and Audubon Arkansas settled with SouthWest Power over construction of a coal fired power plant, eight million dollars was directed to The Nature Conservancy for the purchase and preservation of lands. The first tract from with that funding, the Terra Noire Preserve, is dedicated today. CREDIT: TNC of Arkansas

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – There is not much native prairie left in Arkansas, but a new tract to come under protection is being opened to the public today near Arkadelphia. The 360 acres will be part of the larger Terre Noire Conservation Area. The protection of these Blackland Prairies is vital, sa

PHOTO: Canoe trips on the Buffalo River are just one way folks are boosting the outdoor recreation economy in Arkansas. Courtesy Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – There's big bucks in outdoor recreation for the state of Arkansas, according to a new report from the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). The report tallies what people spend on outdoor gear and clothing, guide services and travel expenses, and says it totals $10 billion

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