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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - OH: Environment

Stacy Malkan with U.S. Right to Know shares strategies for what she calls

DAYTON, Ohio – As if dredged out of the pages of the tobacco industry's marketing playbook, an investigative journalist and author says there's a robust campaign underway to downplay the benefits of organic agriculture. Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the group U.S. Right to Know, says so-called

Environmental groups are hopeful Ohio will use funds from the Volkswagen settlement to invest in electric vehicle technologies. (mariordor59/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the new year, Ohioans can weigh in on how the state can best spend $75 million from the Volkswagen settlement to clean up its transportation sector. The car-maker admitted to cheating on emissions tests, and the money will be used to help mitigate the damage caused by exces

Algal blooms in Lake Erie threaten drinking water, lake health and local economies. (Aerial Associates Photography, Inc. by Zachary Haslick/NOAA/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The huge algal bloom in Lake Erie is receding, but clean water advocates say the annual problem won't go away without changes in federal policies. One measure raising concerns is the ethanol mandate, which requires a certain amount of corn-based ethanol to be blended into gasolin

Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards are expected to save 23 billion gallons of gasoline annually by 2030. (Jenn Durfey/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Federal lawmakers are considering putting the brakes on fuel-efficiency standards for cars - a move that might be out of sync with the views of Ohio voters. A new poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that voters in five key swing states, including Ohio, support

The Clean Power Plan calls for a 32 percent reduction in carbon pollution from 2005 levels by 2030. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Trump administration is making good on its promise to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a decision some groups argue could put lives at risk. Following a directed review by the president, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposal on Tuesday to resc

A 2014 well pad fire in Monroe County occurred not far from Ohio's Wayne National Forest. (FracTracker Alliance)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's Wayne National Forest is among the country's public lands most threatened by fossil fuel interests, according to a new report. Too Wild to Drill, released Tuesday by The Wilderness Society, examines 15 unique places across the United States that researchers say are at

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending to the White House that some national monuments be altered. (U.S. Department of the Interior)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some conservation and sportsman's groups in Ohio are deeply concerned about what a national monument review could mean for the future of public lands. While Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did not suggest any of the 27 monuments under review be eliminated, he did recommend some be al

With larger, more efficient turbines, the cost of wind power has dropped dramatically. (Nyttend/Wikimedia Commons)

CLEVELAND – Ohio businesses and farms are generating a lot of onsite wind power, but the state has fallen behind its neighbors in developing larger wind farm capacity. The U.S. Department of Energy's 2016 "Wind Technologies Market Report" ranks Ohio sixth in the nation for wind power generat

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