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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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The deadline arrives Thursday for the Senate to uphold or repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule. (Chris Jordan Bloch/Earthjustice)

NAVAJO NATION -- A vote on whether to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule could come in the U.S. Senate in the next few days, and tribal leaders are stepping up to support the rule. The Methane Waste Rule requires oil and gas companies to install equipment to capture methane

Leaked letters from Dow Chemical executives indicate they've asked the Trump administration to scuttle studies critical of Dow pesticide products. (Wasan Gredpree/iStockphoto)

TUCSON, Ariz. – An Arizona-based conservation group is raising questions about Dow Chemical's attempts to convince the Trump administration to drop studies that show its pesticides could harm endangered species. In a series of leaked letters, Dow executives ask Environmental Protection Agenc

The EPA has ordered two power plants in Utah to cut emissions that cause hazy pollution in national parks and wilderness areas, including Arizona’s Grand Canyon. (National Park Service)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered two coal-fired power plants in central Utah to bring emissions up to federal clean air standards to protect national parks, including the Grand Canyon. The EPA acted in response to complaints from outdoor recreation companies in th

Getting traffic off the roadways is a key to cutting carbon pollution in major cities, according to a Frontier Group report released by Arizona PIRG. (kichigin/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - If you're stuck in traffic and breathing fumes from the car ahead of you, a new report outlines ways to cut carbon emissions from vehicles by more than half over the next couple of decades. Reducing carbon pollution is seen as a long-term goal by many urban planners, but the report says i

Today is National Day of Remembrance for victims of drunk driving. CreditL:Ansaharju/iStock

PHOENIX - Today is the National Day of Remembrance for victims of drunk and drugged driving sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as MADD. The Arizona chapter of MADD is holding events in Phoenix and Tucson today in honor of their 35th anniversary. The idea is to let people know t

The state of Arizona says the fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are safe to eat, removing a decades-old consumption advisory. Credit: Apollob66/iStockphoto.

PHOENIX – For the first time in decades, fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are now safe to eat. That's according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, which lifted a fish consumption advisory that had been in place for 24 years, mainly because farmers phased out toxic p

Climate activists in Arizona are cheering Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., hoping it will inspire action on the issue. Credit: Nicolo Campo/iStock

PHOENIX - Today, as Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress, a group of religious leaders in Arizona is pressing America's leaders to take the pope's call to action on climate change to heart. The pontiff released an encyclical in June that called climate change a global problem with gr

PHOTO: Opponents of a huge open-pit copper mine proposed for southeast of Tucson say it would impact the area’s fragile water supply, damaging features such as Cienega Creek. Photo credit: Pima County Regional Flood Control District.

PHOENIX - Approval for a vast open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains 30 miles southeast of Tucson is expected soon from the U.S. Forest Service, but the Rosemont Mine faces several more regulatory hurdles before construction could begin. Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defen

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