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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - MI: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Cash is now being offered to help keep carp out of the Great Lakes. (michigan.gov)

LANSING, Mich. - As Asian carp make their way ever closer to the Great Lakes, state officials are going global and offering prize money in the search for a solution. In the new "Invasive Carp Challenge," Gov. Rick Snyder is opening up the state coffers to anyone who can help prevent the movement of

Invasive zebra mussels have been in the Great Lakes since the 1980s, crowding out native species and damaging the underwater environment. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

LANSING, Mich. – No matter where you are in Michigan, water isn't far away, and this week’s Michigan Boating Week highlights the importance of protecting the state's freshwater resources from the threat of aquatic hitchhikers. More than 180 invasive species have entered the Great Lakes

Cuts to the Great Lakes cleanup fund could negatively impact many Michigan cities, advocates say. (AcryllicArtist/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Conservationists say there's nothing great about the White House plan to slash funds for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and they're calling on Congress and the president to leave the lakes out of partisan politics. President Trump's 2018 budget proposal would slash a

A multi-state natural-gas pipeline running though Michigan has been approved. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – A $4.3 billion natural-gas pipeline that will run through Michigan has been given the green light, sparking concerns about safety, the environment and the direction of energy policy in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given the ET Rover Pipeline its stam

Michigan is working to restore habitats for the Monarch butterfly, along with other troubled pollinators. (cohda/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Federal dollars are flowing into Michigan to help bee and butterfly species struggling to thrive. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded Michigan and Wisconsin $500,000 from the service’s competitive State Wildlife Grants program to restore 850 acres of habitat

Robins are among the birds that will be observed in Michigan during the Great Backyard Bird Count. (Lip Kee/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. - If you have 15 minutes free over the next few days, you could help contribute to one of the biggest annual citizen-science projects. Volunteers are needed in Michigan for the Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs from today through Monday. Rachelle Roake, conservation science coord

Theobromine, a chemical found in chocolate, can kill bears and other animals. (Greg Hume/Wikimedia)

LANSING, Mich. - Some hunters say "death by chocolate" is not fair game when it comes to the state's bear harvest. Several conservation and hunting organizations in Michigan are calling for a ban on the use of solid chocolate in bear baits. Amy Trotter, deputy director with Michigan United Conserv

Groups say Asian carp are approaching the doorsteps of Lake Michigan. Credit: USFWS/Flickr

LANSING, Mich. – As Asian carp edge closer to Lake Michigan, some environmental groups say the clock is ticking on a solution to keep the fish out. The invasive species has been moving north in the Mississippi River Basin and two were recently discovered in the Illinois River about 12 miles

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