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PNS Weekend Newscast - September 23rd, 2017 


Here's a look at what we're covering: Senator John McCain says no to the GOP's health care plan, a new survey takes a look at how residents in one state feel about the effort to real Obamacare, and International Day of Peace is being celebrated this weekend.

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Public News Service - MD: Animal Welfare

Research has shown the same pesticides that are wiping out bees are impacting hummingbirds as well. (foe.org)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – As we enjoy the late-summer crops produced in this country and around the world, advocates are hoping everyone will take time to appreciate the little creatures that pollinated them. About three-quarters of the more than 240,000 species of the world's flowering plants rely o

Many chickens that are sold at the local feed store come from large factory farms. (cdc.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Nearly 1,000 people across the country have become ill this year from salmonella connected to backyard flocks of chickens, ducks and geese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 10 separate salmonella outbreaks that have affected people in 48 states - incl

Target, Costco and Whole Foods scored the best on a new report card on organic produce and bee-friendly policies. (Virginia Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Bees and other pollinators are responsible for one of every three bites of food we eat, but 40 percent of all pollinating species are on the brink of extinction. In a new report, Friends of the Earth evaluated the country's biggest food retailers on how much organic produce th

Honeybee colonies in the United States declined dramatically last year, and advocates say that's not sustainable for agriculture in the U.S. (USDA)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - U.S. beekeepers have reported losing nearly 44 percent of their colonies over the last year, according to an annual report just out. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner for Friends of the Earth, says that's too high to be sustainable for agriculture in this country. She

The birth of two baby bald eagles at the National Arboretum has sparked interest in America's national bird, and they can be spotted around the Chesapeake Bay. (Veronica Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - All eyes on are the nation's capital, and not just to keep watch on lawmakers. There's a pair of newly-hatched baby bald eagles at the U.S. National Arboretum, and many are finding it addictive to watch the parents take care of them. Dad and Mom are known as "Mr. President" and "Fi

Oysters are only at 1 percent of historic levels in the Chesapeake Bay. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

BALTIMORE – Marine police are cracking down on illegal oyster harvesting in the Chesapeake Bay, but catching someone in action isn't easy. It's just one effort to help restore the oyster population, which is only at 1 percent of historical levels. Operations to restore reefs and plant seed

Maryland has seen dramatic drops in bee numbers. (PANNA)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland has been losing its bee population. In 2012, 60 percent of the state's bees died off. Many Beekeepers and scientists believe that can be attributed to neonicotinoids, which are pesticides common in both agriculture and home gardening. They've been around for about 20 years

108 wildlife species, a quarter of them birds, are considered rare, threatened or endangered in Maryland and have been added to the action plan. (Badger Rose)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Climate change, residential and commercial development, and pollution are listed as threats to wildlife in Maryland in a new 10-year action plan being released next month. For the first time, the report lists hydraulic fracturing as a threat to wildlife. State regulators are comin

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