PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: we will take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have gun; and “ghost” fishing gear killing whales and seals on the West Coast.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces contracts for more than 3 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy. (governorandrewcuomo/Flickr)

NEW YORK – The state has taken a major step toward reaching its goal of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. New York has awarded almost $1.5 billion in contracts for 26 large-scale renewable energy projects across the state. According to Anne Reynolds, executive director of the Alliance f

In 2016 alone, National Park Service sites, such as the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site in New York City, contributed $35 billion to the U.S. economy. (Elisa.rolle/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Members of the New York congressional delegation, New York City lawmakers and conservation groups celebrated President's Day weekend by calling on Congress to fund nearly $1 billion in deferred maintenance at National Park Service sites across the state. Marcia Argust, director of

The Clean Water Rule clarifies which streams and wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act. (herbert2512/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Environmental groups have joined with New York and nine other states in a lawsuit to end delays in implementing the Clean Water Rule. The 2015 rule clarified which small streams and wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act. Last week, Environmental Protection Agency Adminis

A carbon tax could be used to help reduce pollution from carbon-based fuels such as gasoline. (Free-Photos/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – State lawmakers have launched a multistate coalition to collaborate on legislation to combat carbon pollution. The Carbon Costs Coalition includes legislators from nine states, including New York. It will help those legislators design strategies to reduce carbon emissions and

Without net neutrality, ISPs can slow down or charge customers more for certain types of content. (JESHOOTS/Pixabay)

New York – Gov. Andrew Cuomo took action on Wednesday to preserve open internet access in the state of New York. The governor signed an executive order instructing state agencies to only sign contracts with internet service providers that adhere to the principles of net neutrality. That mean

After Superstorm Sandy, New York City launched a $20 billion program to improve protections from the impacts of climate change. (Bill de Blasio/Flickr)

NEW YORK – New York City has filed a lawsuit against five major oil companies for damages the city blames on climate change. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the companies intentionally misled the public to protect their profits and now they need to shoulder the cost of making the city safer. Fol

The U.S. Dept. of Labor wants to allow the sale of insurance plans that don't include the essential health benefits outlined in the Affordable Care Act. (paulbr75/Pixabayhospital)

NEW YORK -- The federal Department of Labor is proposing a rule that critics say would allow the sale of what some call "junk" health insurance. Published in the Federal Register last week, the rule would loosen restrictions on Association Health Plans, offered by professional groups or other asso

Significant amounts of PCBs remain in river sediments north of the Troy Dam, environmentalists say. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)<br />

NEW YORK – The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed a decision on whether General Electric has properly completed its cleanup of the Hudson River. The EPA sent a letter to GE on Tuesday, saying the agency needs more time to complete its review. GE had asked the EPA for a "certificat

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