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PNS Daily News - June 27, 2017 


The GOP health plan would reportedly leave 22 million uninsured; part of the president’s travel ban unblocked; and the Feds agree to investigate ways to protect an endangered wild cat. Those stories and more coming up.

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Public News Service - NY: Endangered Species & Wildlife

A new lawsuit contends drilling for oil in the Atlantic Ocean would threaten critical habitat for whales, fish and coral. (NOAA)

NEW YORK – Environmental groups and Alaska Native Americans say President Donald Trump has exceeded his authority by reversing the ban on drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, and they're suing to stop him. The permanent ban, instituted by President Barack Obama, applies to 31 biologic

The order requires regulations to only consider cost, not the value of protections. (CGP Grey /flickr.com )

NEW YORK – Public-interest law, environmental and labor groups are suing to stop the Trump administration's executive order to cut government regulations. The order, signed January 30th, requires federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one enacted. New regulation

The Atlantic canyons are considered hotspots of biodiversity. (tpsdave/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — President Obama has designated hundreds of millions of acres of federally-owned Atlantic and Arctic waters off-limits to oil and gas leasing. Citing the extreme difficulty of cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic, the White House announcement, issued late Tuesday, protects large po

Large schools of menhaden bring larger fish, dolphins and whales to New York waters. (Brian.gratwicke/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – The return of huge schools of forage fish to waters off Long Island is paying off for New York in a lot of ways. For larger fish and marine mammals, menhaden – also known as bunker fish – are food. They once crowded coastal waters all the way to Maine, but their number

The pipeline would pass under 277 bodies of water. (Catskill Mountainkeeper)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Opponents of a proposed gas pipeline want the state to stop the project by denying a water quality certificate. The 30-inch pipeline is being built by the Constitution Pipeline Company, a joint venture of Williams Partners and Cabot Oil & Gas. It would run 124 miles from northern Pe

Some animal rights advocates in New York oppose the use of powerful air rifles for hunting big game. (Erdogan Ergun/freeimages)

NEW YORK - New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed amending state law to allow certain air-powered firearms, also known as big bore air rifles to be used for hunting big game. Airguns are already legal for hunting small game in New York such as rabbits or squirrels. But so

As much as 19 tons of microbeads may be entering New York state wastewater annually, and are being ingested by fish. Credit: Dr. S. Mason, SUNY Fredonia

ALBANY, N.Y. - A common ingredient in toothpaste is bad for the environment and should be banned, some Albany County legislators say. Microbeads, the plastic pellets found in a variety of personal-care products, may be tiny but studies show they can be a huge problem in the waste stream. Brian Smi

PHOTO: Animal rights organizations say chimpanzees are intelligent and self-aware, and are working to free them from research facilities. Photo courtesy of Nonhuman Rights Project.

NEW YORK – A New York State Supreme Court justice has denied a petition to free Hercules and Leo, two research chimpanzees at the State University at Stony Brook. Animal rights advocates argue that chimps are intelligent, self-aware, autonomous beings. And though Judge Barbara Jaffe said she

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