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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - AR: Environmental Justice

PHOTO: The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is seeking comments on whether they should stop new large hog feeding operations in the Buffalo River watershed. CREDIT: thecitywire.com.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on a permanent prohibition on new, confined hog-feeding operations around the Buffalo River. Bob Allen, a retired Arkansas Tech professor of chemistry and board member of the Arkansas Canoe Club, said the

PHOTO: Jon Gensler, who was a U.S. Army tank captain in Iraq, says he became concerned about climate change after seeing how America's energy policy was tied to the deaths of two West Point classmates there. Photo courtesy of Gensler.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Advisers to the armed forces are objecting to a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to stop the military from planning for climate change. The Department of Defense sees climate change as a serious threat to national security. Last month, however, the House added an amendm

PHOTO: Conservationists want people to connect to the Buffalo River, because they say that will help protect it. Picture courtesy of thecitywire.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Faced with possible contamination from a huge confined hog feeding operation, fans of the Buffalo River are bringing attention to the waterway in order to protect it. On Tuesday, the National Parks Conservation Association and others will take members of the media for a fl

Researchers say they are concerned about chemicals in the natural brine that comes out of gas fracking wells. DIAGRAM by the EPA.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Many Arkansans are concerned about the fluids natural-gas drillers pump underground for hydraulic fracturing. But researchers say naturally occurring chemicals, some radioactive, coming out of the wells may be more of an issue. Avner Vengosh, a professor of geochemistry

GRAPHIC Federal supports for farmers' markets can have a big impact at a tiny cost, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Courtesy of the UCS.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Advocates for tiny federal programs for farmers' markets say they could grow big results for Arkansas farmers, communities, seniors and low-income families – if Congress would pass a farm bill. Jeffrey O'Hara, an economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists who

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

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