PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

Daily Newscasts

Public News Service - WI: Water

The Great Lakes provide drinking water for 48 million people and are estimated to generate 1.5 million jobs. (NASA)

MADISON, Wis. – With shorelines on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, Wisconsin has a vested interest in keeping the Great Lakes clean. On Wednesday and Thursday, a coalition representing business, industry, and environmental organizations will meet with members of Congress to rally support f

Spring flooding in Wisconsin can be devastating, as in Rock Springs in 2016, when the Baraboo River overflowed. Democrats say a bill under consideration would make flooding worse. (NOAA)

MADISON, Wis. — As February comes to a close, 12 Wisconsin counties are now or have recently been under flood warnings, an unusually high number for this time of year. Wisconsin Democrats are opposed to a bill working its way through the state Legislature. They say AB 547 would make spring f

The Great Lakes hold 90 percent of America's fresh water, and Wisconsin conservation groups oppose a plan to allow diversion of Lake Michigan water for a private manufacturer. (EPA)

MADISON, Wis. – As part of the deal being proposed for Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to build a large plant in southeast Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker is proposing that the city of Racine be allowed to divert 7 million gallons of Lake Michigan water every day. The water would be

Warmer Wisconsin summers are bringing more blue-green algae blooms, and shorter winters are affecting fish populations in Northern Wisconsin. (Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – Experts on climate, wildlife habitat, winter sports and other outdoor activities will participate this week in a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Science Fest. Pat Durkin, a veteran outdoorsman and president of the state Outdoor Writers Association, will moderate a panel of

Conservationists in Wisconsin say a bill being considered now is a real danger to the state's heritage of protecting natural resources, such as clean water. (Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate and a number of Wisconsin environmental organizations have come out in strong opposition to a bill that would change the state's law about mining permits. State Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, says Wisconsin is a state that prides itself on c

Gulf Coast fishermen are benefiting from conservation practices used by Wisconsin farmers. (Ken Cedeno/Getty Images)

SPRING GREEN, Wis. – A group of farmers in southwestern Wisconsin's Driftless Area has become acutely aware that what gets into the watershed here can wind up hundreds of miles away. These farmers use conservation practices to keep nutrients on their land and out of lakes and streams. Marg

A Wisconsin environmentalist says threats to the Earth's environment have increased dramatically. (mspoli/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. - Events are planned in dozens of communities across Wisconsin on Saturday for the annual observation of Earth Day. Although it is a national observance, Earth Day was founded in Wisconsin 47 years ago by Sen. Gaylord Nelson. This year, the stakes are higher than ever, say environment

High-capacity wells already have caused some Wisconsin lakes and streams to dry up. A bill to grant permanent licenses for such wells is meeting opposition. (edolzan/

MADISON, Wis. - A bill that would loosen regulations on high-capacity wells in Wisconsin again has passed the state Senate and now advances to the state Assembly, where a similar bill died last year. Senate Bill 76 essentially would allow high-capacity well permits to be issued permanently. The bil

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