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PNS Daily Newscast - July 27, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon still trying to figure out how to respond to the latest Trump tweet to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces; updates on the Affordable Care Act and state worker contracts, plus Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke heads to New Mexico to review another national monument.

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Public News Service - IN: Environment

Water quality testing for the more than 4,000 public water systems in Indiana has dropped with years of budget cuts. (cityoffortwayne.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – A spill at a U.S. Steel plant last week that sent wastewater containing potentially toxic chemicals into a tributary of Lake Michigan in Northern Indiana is the latest example of why constant water quality testing is important, according to Tim Maloney, senior policy director fo

Legislation that would phase out net metering in Indiana could come up for a committee vote this week. (Sierra Club)

INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers are getting an earful about legislation that would phase out the financial incentives given to homeowners, businesses, schools and churches that install solar panels. Senate Bill 309 would overhaul the practice of net metering, which allows those with solar pan

Controversial statements about climate change have been made by the Environmental Protection Agency's new chief, Scott Pruitt. (epa.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS - Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's dismissal of science in understanding climate change has caused nothing short of an uproar. Pruitt said on Thursday he doesn't believe carbon dioxide emissions are pushing global temperatures higher, which puts him at odds with his

Hoosiers are speaking up about confined feeding operation rules. (hecweb.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that environmentalists say would weaken Indiana's laws regulating Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is being discussed in committee again this week. The House Environmental Affairs Committee has taken testimony on HB 1494 by Rep. David Wolkins (R-Winona Lake

Hikers along the Knobstone Trail and others are finding areas that have been logged and clear cut. (Indiana Forest Alliance)

INDIANAPOLIS – Logging in state forests in Indiana has been stepped up, and that's not sitting well with hikers. The state ranks ninth in the nation in total lumber production according to the Department of Natural Resources. Those who use popular trails such as Knobstone and Tecumseh say mor

Agricultural runoff flows into the lakes and rivers from which hundreds of towns draw their water. (usgs.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana has a new governor, and environmental groups say they've let him know what they'd like to see happen this year. Eric Holcomb took over the governor's office from Vice President-elect Mike Pence this month. Hoosier Environmental Council executive director Jesse Kharband

An Indianapolis coal plant in operation for nearly a century has converted to natural gas, but local residents want assurances that the coal-waste cleanup will be thorough. (Sierra Club)

INDIANAPOLIS – After decades of burning coal, the Harding Street Station in Indianapolis was converted to natural gas in February, but coal ash and other waste remain. Under federal rules, Indianapolis Power and Light is required to develop a plan to close the ash ponds and protect public heal

The lesson learned in the water crisis in Flint, Mich., is that it could happen in Indiana, or anywhere. (cityofflint.com)

LEBANON, Ind. – One of the women who has played a leading role in bringing international visibility to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., brought her message to Indiana over the weekend. Melissa Mays, founder of the advocacy group Water You Fighting For, is traveling the country telli

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