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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - CA: Climate Change/Air Quality

Advocates are asking a federal judge to force the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate environmental justice complaints, including one on the permits for the Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, Calif. (Calpine)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Five nonprofits, including one in California, filed a motion in federal court Monday to force the EPA to follow up on environmental justice-related civil rights complaints. The groups accuse the EPA of dragging its feet, in some cases for decades. Michael Boyd, a plaintiff

Multiple oil refineries on the California coast contribute to the state's persistent air-quality problems. (Thomas Hawk)

LOS ANGELES - Southern California has long been plagued with dirty air - so dirty that clean-air advocates claim the entire South Coast basin has never been in full compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. But today, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is to vote on developing a long-t

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt took his turn answering tough questions from a Senate committee as President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the E.P.A. (Gage Skidmore)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Donald Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, faces strong opposition by environmental and progressive groups - including the League of Conservation Voters. The League's vice president of government affairs, Tiernan Sit

The view on a walk below the Trinidad Head, an area now protected and more accessible to the public. (Julie Fulkerson)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the expansion of two national monuments in California - California Coastal National Monument and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument at the Oregon border. Much more than recognition of the unique history or geography of a place, this

For generations, electricity for the Central Coast region has been produced by gas-fired plants concentrated in Oxnard, a working-class community with majority populations of color. (Michele W.)

OXNARD, Calif. – Community groups from Oxnard showed up at a California Energy Commission hearing last night to voice their concerns about a proposal to build a fourth gas-fired power plant in their city. Despite its accolades for developing energy-efficient jobs and policies, California's lo

A new report says California has the nation's largest workforce in energy-efficiency services, from new construction to retrofitting older structures. (Jeremy Levine)

LOS ANGELES -- California is a powerhouse in a promising field for job creation, according to a new report that paints energy efficiency as a growing industry and an economic driver. Some of the more than 300,000 jobs in energy efficiency in California - and 1.9 million nationwide - are in new cons

Aliso Canyon has not yet reopened, and there are concerns about possible blackouts. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It's been a year now since methane was discovered flowing out of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, a leak that took nearly four months to stop. And environmental groups are taking stock of the efforts made to fix the problem and prevent future blowouts. Tim O

A report out today says acres burned in forest fires in the West have doubled since 1984 because of climate change. (ellend1022/iStockophoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Anyone who lives in the western United States is familiar with the massive fires that rage every summer, and a report out Monday says climate change has doubled the amount of acreage burned since 1984. Researchers from the University of Idaho and Columbia University found tha

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