PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Public News Service - TN: Environment

Tumbling Creek feeds into the Ocoee River, site of the whitewater events for the 1996 Olympics. (Natures Paparazzi/Flickr)

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Covering more than 650,000 acres, the Cherokee National Forest is one of Tennessee's many crown jewels for outdoor recreation and scenic vistas. But conservation groups are concerned about the treatment of part of that land. The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), on

Tennessee consumers wishing to go solar have less incentive to, based on lower TVA buy-back rates for the power they generate. (Henri Sivonen/flickr)

ANTIOCH, Tenn. – Harvesting energy from the sun is big business in many parts of the country, including neighboring states North Carolina and Georgia. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar has seen an average growth rate of 68 percent annually over the last 10 years.

The fuzzy white specks on the needles are the larvae of Wooly agelgid, which can kill mature hemlock trees. (Kerry Wixted/flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The frigid temperatures experienced in parts of Tennessee this season - and likely future visits by Jack Frost - have at least one benefit: Low temps help kill the hemlock woolly adelgid, a non-native species responsible for killing thousands of mature hemlock trees. Fores

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/

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

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