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PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown: President Trump takes to the phone in last minute attempts to urge GOP members to back Ryancare; We take a closer look at what A.C.A. repeal could mean to the health of kids in North Carolina; plus an unusual plea from New York millionaires – please raise our taxes.

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Public News Service - PA: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Conversion of stream buffers to crop production has increased agricultural runoff, creating problems for wildlife and water quality. (JackTheVicar/Wikipedia)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The federal Renewable Fuel Standard has led to the destruction of millions of acres of wildlife habitat and has endangered water supplies, according to a new report. The National Wildlife Federation report, "Fueling Destruction," said wildlife has been put at risk by converting pr

Pennsylvania bat populations have been devastated by human activity and disease. Now, they face another threat from oil and gas development. (Don Pfritzer/Wikimedia Commons)

BRISTOL, Pa. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments on a proposal to allow oil and gas companies to kill bats, including some endangered species, in three states. Nine companies have requested what's known as an Incidental Take Permit. It would allow them to kill ba

Wetlands need to be able to migrate inland as sea levels rise. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Rising sea levels from global climate change are threatening wildlife, recreation and economies along the America's eastern seacoast, but a new report outlines steps to reduce the impact and adapt to changes. The National Wildlife Federation report, “Changing Tides,&#

Almost 60 municipalities have prohibited wild animal acts or training animals with bullhooks. (Steve Jurvetson/Flickr)

PITTSBURGH -- Clowns and animal-rights advocates crowded Pittsburgh's City Council chambers this week, speaking their minds about a proposed ban on wild-animal acts in the city. The ordinance, based on a similar law in San Francisco, would prohibit performances involving wild or exotic animals. Kri

More than a dozen circuses continue to use elephants, but Ringling Brothers has now ended the practice. (Laura Bittner/Flickr)

WILKES BARRE, Pa. – Ringling Brothers Circus on Sunday closed the curtain on the use of elephants in its shows with a final performance in Wilkes Barre. Pressure has been mounting on circuses to end elephant acts. For the elephants, the traveling shows can mean long hours of being shackled a

The Clean Water Rule would protect small streams and headwaters. Credit: Brubakerslegacy/Wikimedia Commons

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule has been put on hold by federal courts, but environmental groups fear some in Congress may try to overturn it with legislation. The EPA finalized the rule last spring, reestablishing federal authority to protect s

Fueled by a warming climate, the woolly adelgid is wiping out hemlock trees. Credit: U.S. Forest Service/Wikimedia Commons

PITTSBURGH - Community leaders, environmentalists and public-health advocates are in Pittsburgh for a second day of hearings on implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The plan calls for a nationwide reduction of carbon pollution from power plants of 32 percent bel

Conservationists say nature is a winner under the first-ever federal rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

PITTSBURGH – A plan for reducing carbon pollution in the U.S. has been finalized by the Obama administration. The EPA's Clean Power Plan, released Monday, sets a 32 percent goal for cutting emissions from power plants by 2030. Ed Perry, Pennsylvania coordinator for the National Wildlife Feder

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