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PNS Daily Newscast -May 25, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; a GOP candidate spends final night of his campaign allegedly “body slamming" a reporter; the CBO numbers are out and the latest version of the AHCA ends health coverage for 23 million Americans; and we take you to a township that aims to be carbon neutral by 2050.

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Public News Service - AZ: Water

The Yuma Desalting Plant during a pilot run in 2010. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma is 75 miles away from the nearest sea, which makes it an unlikely spot to find a water desalinization plant. But in 1992, the Yuma Desalting Plant went online to remove salt from agricultural runoff, and increase the supply of fresh water in the Colorado River. Severe fl

Today is Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol, which will host members of dozens of conservation groups. (gnagel/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Dozens of groups are part of today's Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol. They're visiting legislators to discuss such issues as conserving water, protecting air quality and ensuring access to public lands. Among the participants this year are 60 high-school students fro

Conservation groups are criticizing the Final Environmental Impact Statement on Glen Canyon Dam. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

LAKE POWELL, Ariz. – Conservation groups are slamming the feds' final proposal for fixes at Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell on the Colorado River. The U.S. Department of the Interior just released the final environmental impact statement on the new management plan, and the public review period

The watershed for the Grand Canyon would be protected under a proposed Greater Grand Canyon National Monument. (Thomas O'Keefe)

PHOENIX - American voters overwhelmingly support creating a new national monument on the outskirts of the Grand Canyon, according to a new poll. Two polling firms - one Democratic, one Republican - polled 800 voters. Ninety-three percent agreed that the Grand Canyon is a national treasure for all A

Forecasters are predicting a larger number of wildfires in Arizona and other southwestern states this season because of high temperatures and dry condition. (toa55/iStockphoto)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Arizonans recently watched with concern as a mega-wildfire swept across northeastern Alberta, Canada, forcing the evacuation of more than 100,000 people. Forecasters say the same conditions that caused the blaze in Canada also could bring a very active fire season to Arizo

Lake Mead, a major water source for several Western states, is currently less than half full, a major indicator of drought conditions. (HofstetterPhoto/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – At this week's White House Water Summit, President Obama issued an executive order expanding federal efforts to reduce the nation's vulnerability to drought, particularly in Western states. Arizona and its neighbors are already working on the problem, with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

A group of environmental organizations is planning to sue the U.S. Corps of Engineers over a permit for a major development near the San Pedro River watershed in southeastern Arizona. (Charlie Schultz/Sierra Club)

BENSON, Ariz. – A coalition of environmental groups says it intends to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over a permit for a major development in the San Pedro River watershed in southeastern Arizona. The groups say the permit for the 12,000-acre Villages at Vigneto project would imperil

White rings along the shore of Lake Mead show how much water levels have dropped during the 15 years of drought in the Colorado River Basin. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX - So far this winter, El Niño has not delivered the predicted rains needed to replenish the parched Colorado River Basin, conservationists say. A 15-year drought in the region - which includes Arizona, California, Colorado and other western states - has left storage reservoirs Lake Mea

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