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PNS Daily Newscast - July 27, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon still trying to figure out how to respond to the latest Trump tweet to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces; updates on the Affordable Care Act and state worker contracts, plus Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke heads to New Mexico to review another national monument.

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Public News Service - WV: Environment

A nonprofit solar co-op says solar power is now inexpensive enough to make economic sense for West Virginia farmers. (WV SUN)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A solar co-op is helping West Virginia farmers cut their energy costs. The agricultural co-op program, run by West Virginia SUN, helps line up grants and tax credits it says can cut up-front costs of solar installation in half. And, said Autumn Long, co-op coordinator with Wes

The Grant Town Power Plant is in the middle of a contentious argument at the West Virginia Public Service Commission. (Edison International)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Monongahela Power Company is asking ratepayers to pay more to bail out a Marion County power plant that critics charge is dirty, already expensive and damaging to the air, land and water. Customers currently pay a bit above the market rate for the Grant Town Power Pla

Some observers say the fastest path to job growth would be to stay in the Paris climate agreement. (Alfred Palmer)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Leaving the Paris climate agreement would put the United States behind, according to some energy market and job creation watchers. Media leaks from the White House say President Donald Trump is leaning toward leaving the climate accord, but the administration has not conf

Trump administration moves that could undermine the naming of national monuments might affect West Virginia's push for a Birthplace of Rivers monument. (Samuel Taylor/Birthplace of Rivers)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginians are likely to react with suspicion to Trump administration moves toward rolling back the national monuments named by his predecessors, according to a local conservation group. In an unprecedented step, the White House and U.S. Interior Department have anno

Angie Rosser, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, says ordinary folks are going to have to get involved if they want lawmakers to protect water quality. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Community groups are harshly criticizing legislation they say would hurt West Virginia streams and drinking water, and they feel ordinary residents are being left out of the legislative process. Angie Rosser, executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, say

Comments from the public moved several Republican lawmakers in West Virginia to break with their party and vote against a controversial pollution bill. (W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House Bill 2506 - nicknamed the "Cancer Creek Bill" by its critics - passed the West Virginia House of Delegates last week, but not before a public outcry pushed several delegates to oppose it. The bill would permit more pollution in surface waters by changing how the state me

According to the Clean Air Task Force, carbon capture can work well to dramatically reduce CO2 from natural-gas power plants. (CATF)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bills in Congress to subsidize carbon capture and storage might have an unexpected impact at natural gas power plants. In a shift from a hard line, some fossil fuel corporations and their Washington allies are now backing tax credits for carbon capture. John Thompson, d

New testing is finding unexpected levels of mildly radioactive materials in Marcellus drill cuttings. (EPA)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – New testing is finding unpredictable levels of naturally occurring radioactive materials in the waste from a Marcellus well. Gas wells in the region produce millions of tons of drill cuttings a year. These normally contain small amounts of uranium and other mildly radioac

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