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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 - PA: Public Lands/Wilderness

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is habitat for migratory birds, polar bears, moose and herds of caribou. (LoveToTakePictures/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Conservationists say opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling would be forcing wildlife to pay for tax breaks for the rich. The refuge, known as ANWR, is home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and many other animals. It may also contain billi

The Trump administration wants to open some national monuments to mining, logging and grazing. (skeeze/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Most Trump voters in Pennsylvania think the president is doing a good job, but when it comes to protecting national monuments they have a sharply different opinion. The president has announced that he wants to reduce the size of two national monuments that span millions of

Populations of monarch butterflies and other pollinators have declined sharply. (bbarlow/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Conservation and gardening groups are getting help from a nine-year-old Pennsylvania boy in their efforts to stop the decline of pollinating insects. Pollinators are responsible for one third of our food supply, but loss of habitat, parasites and pesticides have severely re

Polen Run is one of the few remaining water features in Ryerson Station State Park. (Center for Coalfield Justice)

GREENE COUNTY, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) has ruled that a revised underground mining permit violates the state's Clean Streams Law and the state constitution. The permit, issued by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2015, would have allowed lon

Environmental groups have documented 61 spills in two months associated with construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. (Clean Air Council)

PHILADELPHIA – Environmental groups say drilling for the construction of Sunoco's Mariner East Two pipeline has contaminated wells, and they want it stopped. Three organizations have filed papers with the Environmental Hearing Board, asking it to declare that water permits allowing horizonta

About 4 million people visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area every year. (James Hicks/NPS)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Public lands, national parks and monuments add billions of dollars to the economy and create thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania, according to a recent analysis. Saying their size and number interfere with development, the Trump administration ordered a review of 27 national

Pennsylvania is missing goals for reducing agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. (Dincher/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Chesapeake Bay is getting cleaner, but Pennsylvania is falling significantly short of meeting some of its goals for reducing pollution flowing into the bay. Under the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, watershed states are required to implement 60 percent of practices to

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the state must act at all times as a trustee of public natural resources. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Environmental advocates are calling a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a landmark decision for public natural resources. The ruling came in a case challenging the use of proceeds from oil and gas leases on public lands for anything other than environmental preservat

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