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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2017 


The 27 year old suspect who attempted to bomb the New York subway reveals his motive; also on our rundown; a look at how the GOP tax plan targets the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate; plus - Tis the season, to get ready for tax season.

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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

Advocates say failure to renew the programs could force rural hospitals to cut services or close. (Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As many as 25 rural hospitals in Pennsylvania could be in trouble if Congress doesn't act. Two programs that boost Medicare payments to rural hospitals will expire at the end of this month if they are not renewed or replaced. Hospitals in isolated areas often serve lower nu

The Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education program is in its 27th year. (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two dozen students held class in canoes Monday to learn first-hand the importance of clean water. It was the opening day of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's fall 2017 Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education Program, or SWEEP. Students from the Steelton High School Scie

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

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay requires cleaning up Pennsylvania rivers and streams. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean-water advocates say proposed federal cuts in Chesapeake Bay restoration funds would reverse years of progress. The Trump administration is proposing a 93 percent cut in federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program, a multi-state agreement administered by the Environm

About 19,000 miles of Pennsylvania rivers and streams are damaged by pollution. (Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Chesapeake Bay is getting healthier, but a new report says Pennsylvania needs to step up its efforts to cut pollution flowing into the bay. The latest State of the Bay report showed that the bay's health index has gone up two points since 2014, from a grade of D-plus to C-minu

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 has more than 1,300 Christmas tree farms. (CBF Photo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – If you want to help the environment this Christmas, you might want to "get real" when you're shopping for a tree. Environmentalists point out artificial Christmas trees often end up as plastic waste in a landfill. And according to B.J. Small, director of media and communica

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