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PNS Daily Newscast - December 11, 2017 


Families across the nation are still waiting for children's health insurance funding; also on our nationwide rundown, Aztec High School in New Mexico remains closed following a deadly shooting; plus a look at how politics figure into most companies' marketing strategies.

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Public News Service - CA: Animal Welfare

The fate of the sage grouse is intertwined with hundreds of other high-desert species across the Great Basin, from California to Montana. (twildlife/IStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management holds a public hearing tonight in the Northern California town of Alturas, about potential changes that could allow more drilling and mining on land currently protected as habitat for sage grouse. The bird is considered a sentinel species whos

The Monarch butterfly thrives among flowering plants like milkweed. (Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Monarch butterflies have declined by 90 percent over 20 years, felled by pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat. They're considered a sentinel species, whose fate mirrors that of many insects. Now, backers of a program to greatly expand all pollinators' range say it's about

Tilikum, the orca who died late last week, lived most of his life at SeaWorld. (Christian Benseler)

SAN DIEGO -- Animal welfare advocates are calling for full public access to the official cause-of-death report in the passing of one of SeaWorld's oldest and most infamous orca whales, Tilikum, who died on Friday. Over the years, Tilikum was linked to the deaths of two trainers and one trespasser,

P-45, the male mountain lion suspected of killing several alpacas over the weekend. (National Park Service)

MALIBU, Calif. - The mountain lion known as "P-45" that is roaming the Los Angeles area now is in hunters' sights over the deaths last weekend of at least 10 domestic alpacas. It's just one example of the growing tensions between civilization and nature, prompting new interest in building a wildlife

Even small bits of plastic bags can get trapped in a turtle's stomach, causing an untimely death. <br />(NOAA)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California voters soon will decide if the state's ban on plastic shopping bags will stay or blow in the wind. The 2014 ban is on hold pending the outcome of Proposition 67, a simple referendum asking voters to decide whether or not to uphold the ban. Then there's Proposit

Conservation groups sent 105,000 petition signatures to the federal government asking that more waters be designated as critical habitat for the Southern Resident orca. (NOAA)

MONTEREY, Calif. - On Monday, a coalition of conservation groups sent more than 105,000 signatures to the National Marine Fisheries Service asking the agency to speed up a plan to expand habitat protections for killer whales. The Southern Resident orca spend their summers in protected waters near

A biotech firm with labs in California has agreed to an unprecedented $3.5 million fine to settle federal allegations of animal cruelty. (maryhere/morguefile)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A biotech firm with facilities in California will pay $3.5 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act. Santa Cruz Biotechnology has admitted no wrongdoing, but will lose its dealer's license and registration as

Workers toss bags of contaminated soil up from the beach after the oil spill at Refugio in May 2015. (Ashley Blacow/Oceana)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Environmental groups are applauding the criminal indictment Tuesday of the company blamed for the massive oil spill last May in Refugio, about an hour north of Santa Barbara. A grand jury indicted Plains All-American Pipeline on 46 counts related to the spill. In addition, o

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