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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - WI: Energy Policy

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/iStockPhoto.com)

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

Wisconsin environmentalists don't trust a draft report that says fine sand generated by the frac sand industry isn't harmful to health. (Sierra Club)

MADISON, Wis. - A new draft report from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources suggests that frac sand mining by the petroleum industry does not produce fine sand that is a health hazard because it can lodge in human lungs. However, Kerry Schumann, executive director of the Wisconsin League o

More and more solar panels, like these installed at the Governor's Mansion in Madison, appeared in Wisconsin in 2015. (wisconsin.gov)

MADISON, Wis. – There were three times more solar-power installations in Wisconsin in 2015 than any previous year, and the outlook for this year is also positive, says Tyler Huebner, executive director of Renew Wisconsin. Statewide, 7.5 megawatts of solar power were put in place in the Badger

Conservation organizations are supporting bipartisan legislation to permanently reinstate the lapsed federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has been used in counties all across Wisconsin to preserve scenic beauty and natural resources. Credit: CleanWisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - For decades, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped the state preserve the scenic beauty for which Wisconsin is famous, but Congress has let the fund lapse. Conservationists – such as real estate consultant Dick Steffes, who for decades ran the DNR's l

It's been a mild start to November in Wisconsin, but winter's chill soon will arrive, bringing with it problems for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites who won't be able to afford their heating bill. Credit: Clean Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - Much of Wisconsin has yet to feel the bite of November's cold wind, but before long winter's brutal chill will descend on the Badger State, leaving thousands of people with huge energy bills to heat their homes. According to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund, a nonprofit agency that help

Wisconsin schools may soon display colored flags to represent the air quality on that day. Credit: American Lung Association in Wisconsin.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The American Lung Association in Wisconsin is providing air quality flags to school districts around the state free of charge. The five colored flags reveal at a glance the day's air quality from good air to very unhealthy air. Knowing the day's air quality is important

Reminiscent of the old Burma Shave rhyming signs, new roadside signs touting the clean-air benefits of E85 are popping up all over rural Wisconsin. Credit: Clean Air Choice Team.

MADISON, Wis. - New, sequential roadside signs reminiscent of the old "Burma Shave" signs have appeared in rural locations all over the state. These signs bring the message that ethanol fuel blend E85 is good for the air, the corn growers, and the environment. The signs were put up by the America

The EPA's new Clean Power Plan will result in a huge reduction in carbon emissions from power plants and, according to the group Clean Wisconsin. Credit: Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - The just-finalized Clean Power Plan from the Environmental Protection Agency places the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution emissions from existing power plants, which the agency says will curb climate-change pollution and protect public health. Keith Reopelle, senior po

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