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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown: a new poll has Americans turning thumbs-down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - NY: Animal Welfare

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

Bald eagles reach adult size about 12 weeks after hatching. (USFWS/Public-Domain-Image.com)

NEW YORK -- New York's bald eagle population is on the rebound. Monday was National American Eagle Day, and for the second year in a row, three bald eagle fledglings have taken flight at the Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Mike Scheibel, manager of the preserve, said that

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

Chimpanzees, abandoned in Liberia, had been used for hepatitis research. Credit: Jenny Desmond/For The HSUS

NEW YORK - Protesters will be outside the offices of the New York Blood Center in Manhattan on Thursday, calling on the center to take care of chimpanzees it used for biomedical research in Liberia. The chimps were used for 30 years. When that research ended a decade ago, the chimps were moved to a

A Hudson Valley nonprofit partners with local farms to provide fresh, locally produced milk to schools in the Taconic Hills Central School District, but its ultimate goal is to produce more farmers as well. Credit: Matthew Green/freeimages.com

COPAKE, N.Y. - The founders of the New York nonprofit FarmOn! Foundation, say they're on a mission to bring fresh food from New York's farms to school lunch tables. Their "Milk Money Local Milk Initiative" provides what the group says is higher-quality milk from local farms to eight school distri

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

PHOTO: More than 125,000 people have signed a change.org petition demanding the New York Blood Center restore funding to care for 66 of its former research chimps who advocates say were abandoned by the nonprofit organization. Photo credit - Agnes Souchal for the HSUS.

NEW YORK – It's a nonprofit organization that New Yorkers normally associate with helping people, but the outcry is growing against the New York Blood Center for allegedly abandoning 66 of its former research chimpanzees. Anthropologist Brian Hare, an assistant professor at Duke University,

PHOTO: Local scientists say a massive fish kill this weekend on Long Island is another signal that more needs to be done to curb nitrogen pollution in local bays. Photo credit: Stephan Beaumont/Red Vault Productions.

NEW YORK - If anyone needed a new sign of nitrogen pollution problems in New York, scientists say the tens of thousands of bait fish that washed ashore on Long Island this weekend are prime indicators. Carl LoBue, senior marine scientist for the Nature Conservancy on Long Island, said the most rece

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