PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 

Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - PA: Environmental Justice

PHOTO: Randy Moyer's tongue is just one of many spots where he says he experiences unexplained pain and swelling after his exposure to fracking waste, made up of a mixture of water and toxic chemicals. Photo courtesy of Moyer.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An organization calling itself "Stop Poisoning Pennsylvania" is demonstrating Tuesday at Governor Tom Wolf's inauguration, calling for a ban on fracking in the commonwealth. The new governor says he supports fracking as a method of oil and gas drilling. Washington County resident

Cindy Dunn of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future calls on incoming Gov. Tom Wolf to implement a strong Clean Power Plan for the state. Credit: PennFuture

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Governor-elect Tom Wolf will take office in time to oversee implementation of the Clean Power Plan, initiated by the Obama administration but developed by each state to address its own energy mix. Cindy Dunn, president and CEO with Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, says the plan

PHOTO: The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project says a Yale study found more than a dozen health impacts in up to 40 percent of residents interviewed about nearby fracking wells in Western Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Joshua B. Probanic/Public Herald.

BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. - As natural gas drilling pads, pipelines and compressor stations spring up around the state, groups of parents calling themselves Protect Our Children are hoping for at least a one-mile buffer between infrastructure and schools and playgrounds. Penni Lechner, a mother in Summit

The Short Eared Owl is among 62 members of the current endangered species list in Pennsylvania.  Photo courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game/Tom Munson.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill on the table at the state Capitol claiming to balance economic growth and environmental protection is being taken to task by some Democrats and state officials in Harrisburg. House Bill 1576 would remove requirements that developers need to look for endangered specie

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A victory in federal court in Pennsylvania has been recorded for those in favor of recently-established pollution limits for Chesapeake Bay. Groups including the Farm Bureau and the National Association of Homebuilders took the matter to court, claiming that the EPA exceeded its au

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has a long history as an industrial state, and a new report says the pollution that comes with some aspects of industry carries a heavy toll, both on the environment and health. Jim Pew, staff attorney for Earthjustice, notes that Pennsylvania ranks near the ver

HARRISBURG, Penn. - Pennsylvania is expected to play a major role in the historic new agreement between the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The accord will legally bind the federal agency to accelerate cleanup of the bay, and proponents say the benefits will

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmentalists are challenging the way Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection is handing out permits for companies to drill for natural gas in the massive Marcellus Shale, which sits under 54 of the state's 67 counties. Chesapeake Bay Foundation staff attorney Mat

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