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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - IN: Climate Change/Air Quality

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

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

Gov. Pence will soon have bigger fish to fry than the Regional Cities Initiative Project, which he helped kick off back in May. (Office of Gov. Pence/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS – Candidates on both sides of the aisle are chomping at the bit in Indiana to run for governor, once that seat officially becomes vacant. A Donald Trump/Mike Pence candidacy for the White House means an end to Pence's reelection campaign in Indiana. Marion County Democratic Party

Parents and children are asking Indiana lawmakers to do more to ensure clean air and water in the state. (Kiyana Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - State lawmakers are still mulling over a bill that would give the federal government more power over environmental rules and standards in Indiana. The Hoosier Environmental Council has been fighting it and on Monday invited parents and students to the Statehouse to help convince law

Environmentalists call HB 1082 a huge threat to Indiana because it would tie the hands of local governments in dealing with air and water pollution. (Veronica Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS – What some are calling the worst environmental bill Indiana has seen is coming up for a vote this week at the Statehouse. The idea behind House Bill 1082, also known as No More Stringent Than bill, is to keep environmental regulators from passing state laws that are more restri

Two Indiana power companies will install new transmission lines in spring. (Veronica Carter/PNS)

INDIANAPOLIS – Two of Indiana's utility companies are going to start putting in new power lines so they can ship energy created by wind farms across the state. NIPSCO and Pioneer will build a 100-mile line from White County to LaGrange County, then a new 65-mile route from the Indianapolis a

A petcoke ship docked on Chicago's southeast side. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

INDIANAPOLIS - Tons of oil-refining waste known as petcoke is on the move from Indiana across the country, and the Natural Resources Defense Council is watching. The group worked with people who live along the Calumet River in South Chicago, Ill., to keep a BP facility in Whiting, Ind., from dumping

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