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PNS Daily Newscast - July 21, 2017 


On our rundown today: the Russia probe expands to include an investigation into President Trump’s business transactions; the DREAM Act is back in Congress; and a scientific organization says the president’s nominee for a top science role at the USDA is unqualified.

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Public News Service - TX: Waste Reduction/Recycling

Texas has become the largest producer of wind energy in the nation. (mj0007/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is probably not the first place you think of when it comes to renewable energy, but the Lone Star State leads the nation in wind power. How a state built on oil and gas has moved to the top of the heap took good planning and knowing which way and where the wind blows. Cyrus

PHOTO: A new report on active landfills in the state finds that at least 40 percent are leaking toxins. CREDIT: Bill McChesney

AUSTIN, Texas – As the battle over the site of a proposed landfill in central Texas continues, a new analysis is raising concerns statewide. The study finds that 40 percent of active landfills in the state that monitor their impact on groundwater are leaking toxins, and James Abshier, founde

PHOTO: A lot of progress has been made in waste reduction since the first America Recycles Day in 1997, but much work remains, with only about one-third of trash in the U.S. recycled. Photo credit: M. Glasgow.

AUSTIN, Texas – This is America Recycles Day and, while there is much still to do to keep more trash out of landfills, there has been a major shift in thinking over the past couple of decades. Andrew Dobbs, program director of the Texas Campaign for the Environment, says when this event star

PHOTO: More than two-dozen groups from across Texas and the nation are calling on Rayovac to join in efforts to increase the recycling of old batteries, as their competitors are doing. In landfills, toxins from batteries can leach into the soil and water, threatening public and environmental health. CREDIT: Dean Johnson

AUSTIN, Texas - One of the nation's largest battery makers is being urged to plug in when it comes to recycling efforts in the state and across the country. Andrew Dobbs, program director, Texas Campaign for the Environment, said Duracell, Energizer and Panasonic are taking part in efforts to increa

PHOTO: A crowd gathered to watch the release of baby sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore. Credit: National Park Service

AUSTIN, Texas - Industries such as commercial fishing, shipping, and gas and oil often come to mind when thinking about the Texas Gulf Coast - but an even larger economic engine for the region is tourism. A new analysis finds that people who come to Texas to hunt, fish, hike and camp support thousa

PHOTO: CREDIT: Kate Ter Haar

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - After being pulled from the table over legal concerns, a proposed plastic bag ordinance in Corpus Christi is expected to be back before the city council before the end of summer. The plan was set aside this spring with worries that it could get caught up in a lawsuit against

PHOTO:  A bill being debated at the Texas State Capitol would require manufacturers to follow accredited standards or to use a certified electronics recycler. Old electronics contain heavy metals and toxins that can leach into the ground and water if not disposed of properly. CREDIT: Curtis Palmer

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly 150,000 tons of old televisions, computers, phones and other electronics are disposed of every year in Texas. Keeping as much as possible out of landfills is the aim of legislation being debated at the State Capitol. The bill, House Bill 3465, would require manufacturers to f

PHOTO: The city of Houston is considering a move to

HOUSTON – The city of Houston is being urged to trash its proposal for a one bin garbage and recycling system. City officials are considering a plan for residents to toss all waste into a single bin, with the separation done at a new materials recycling facility – known as a dirty MRF

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