PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Public News Service UPDATE: the Austin bomber blows himself up; also on the rundown a school resource officer credited with saving lives; the North Carolina GOP Silent on an apparent Cambridge Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - MI: Water

Cities across Michigan will join hundreds around the globe to celebrate World Water Day. (Valerie Jean/People’s Water Board of Detroit)

LANSING, Mich. — Folks from all ends of the state are being called upon to raise their voices for clean water. World Water Day is Thursday, March 22, and a coalition of organizations is rallying in the state capital to show elected leaders that affordable and protected water is a priority in

Environmental groups fear Michigan's natural resources won't be protected if bills pass to oversee decisions of the state DEQ. (AcryllicArtist/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Some state lawmakers want to shift control of environmental rules from the Department of Environmental Quality to state appointed boards, a move environmentalists say would put the fox in charge of the henhouse. Senate Bill 652 would create an 11-member committee, mostly fro

The pipeline under the Mackinac Straits transports up to 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas liquids each day. (JasonGillman/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – A coalition working to protect the Great Lakes says Gov. Rick Snyder has again sidestepped leadership on a major water issue by refusing to shut down the oil pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits. Last month, the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, which Snyder created,

Support for a Michigan community fighting a corporate giant has come from around the world. (K. Turnbull/MCWC)

OSCEOLA TWP., Mich. – A small Michigan community will receive an early holiday gift in the form of donations from around the world as it tries to protect its water. Osceola Township Treasurer Martin Nieman says the fight to keep Nestlé from expanding its groundwater pumping operation ha

The group Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation believes Nestle is breaking the law in Evart. (MCWC)

EVART, Mich. – As a judge and state officials prepare to make decisions that will impact whether the world's largest water bottler can increase pumping out of its well near Evart, one group is calling on the state to immediately bottle up the whole operation. Nestlé has asked the state

Swiss-based water bottler Nestlé is accused of a water grab in Michigan and other parts of the Great Lakes basin. (o0o0xmods0o0o/morguefile)

FLINT, Mich. – Michiganders have spoken out with petitions and emails about bottled water giant Nestlé's plan to more than double the amount of water it pumps out of northern Michigan, and activists say now, it's time to fight back with purchasing power. Michigan Citizens for Water Cons

Increased truck traffic is among the concerns of residents near the U.S. Ecology plant. (D. Weckerle)

DETROIT - For nearly 30 years, the U.S. Ecology toxic-waste facility in Detroit has received waivers from the state for conducting annual soil tests, and as the plant prepares to expand, residents and local leaders have had enough. The plant stores and treats solid and liquid waste from heavy indus

Concerned citizens are fighting the expansion of a hazardous-waste plant in the middle of a neighborhood. (D. Weckerle)

DETROIT - Some of the most toxic chemicals used in industry are treated and temporarily held at the US Ecology plant on the Hamtramck-Detroit border, and plans to expand it tenfold have raised fears for neighbors and environmentalists. For nearly three decades, the Michigan Department of Environmen

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