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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - TN: Environment

The Tennessee Wilderness Act is now part of the Federal Land Mangement Act of 2017 and would protect almost 20,000 acres in the Cherokee National Forest. (John Iwanski/Flickr)

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Tennessee is one step closer to protecting nearly 20,000 acres of public land in the Cherokee National Forest in the northeastern part of the state. A joint effort by Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker from Tennessee, and Pat Roberts of Kentucky, passed out of c

Hurricane Harvey flooded this parking garage in Houston, and rain from the storm's remnants is expected to hit Tennessee today. (R. Crap Mariner/Flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Parts of middle and western Tennessee are waking up to heavy rain Thursday, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey move through the state. While the wet weather isn't expected to cause significant damage, the Tennessee Valley Authority is on alert to decide when and if w

Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to have its greatest impact on Tennessee early Friday morning. (National Weather Service)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In many parts of Tennessee, people are just now realizing how wet the weekend will be - but the Tennessee Valley Authority's River Forecast Center in Knoxville has been watching Tropical Storm Cindy all week. The storm made landfall early Thursday morning and is expected t

The Regulatory Accountability Act could increase consumer exposure to known toxins, say opponents. (John Morgan/flickr.com)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Regulatory Accountability Act (S-951) sounds innocuous enough, but consumer and public-health advocates say it's anything but. The RAA claims to eliminate red tape for manufacturers, but environmental groups say the measure essentially would ban agencies from keeping pes

Thursday is the deadline for the U.S. Senate to overturn methane-flaring rules, which advocates say are important to avoid wasting taxpayer dollars and harming air quality. (Wild Earth Guardians/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Just hours are left for the U.S. Senate to invoke the Congressional Review Act and overturn a Bureau of Land Management rule preventing oil and gas developers on public land from venting and flaring methane gas into the atmosphere. The Congressional Review Act gives lawmakers 60

Scenes from Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga as well as interviews from experts involved with the research.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee and the rest of the Southeast are home to thousands of aquatic species, many of which are unique to the region. After more than a year of research, the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and the University of Georgia River Basin Center released a survey

Conservationists say the views of the Smoky Mountains provide a

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Scientists blame global warming for the drought conditions that caused the Smoky Mountain wildfires to spread in November, and now several groups are concerned that President Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency could reverse policies that have brought abou

Clean Air Moms Action purchased television ads opposing the nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week, the Trump administration is working to get its remaining Cabinet members confirmed by the U.S. Senate, including his pick to lead the EPA. Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt, has filed or joined several lawsuits to block EPA regulations, and that's prompti

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