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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - CA: Public Lands/Wilderness

The state of California will begin to decommission Platform Holly near Santa Barbara - the last offshore rig in state waters. (Linda Krop)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The last remaining offshore oil platform in California waters will now be decommissioned, after Venoco, the company that owns it, declared bankruptcy and handed the lease back to the state. Platform Holly off of Santa Barbara was shut down two years ago after a nearby

Outdoor Afro seeks to make the outdoors more accessible to everyone, especially people of color. (Outdoor Afro).

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day has deep significance for many Americans this year with the fulfillment of what some thought an impossible dream: a black president serving two terms in office. And the Obama administration's last days have been marked by grand gestures - including a cal

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

P-39 and one of her cubs, captured in spring 2015 by a National Park Service trail camera. (National Park Service)

LOS ANGELES – The biggest threat to mountain lions in California is traffic. More than 100 of the big cats died this year across the state in collisions with fast-moving cars. The Santa Monica Mountains are the major problem area, with at least two mountain lions killed there in recent weeks

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

A new California law makes it state policy to promote greenhouse gas reduction in open space and agricultural lands. (Harold E. Malde/The Nature Conservancy)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Climate-change groups are applauding a new bill, just signed by Governor Jerry Brown, that would make it state policy to promote the role of land and soil in scrubbing the air of excess carbon. The Natural and Working Lands Climate Solution Act (Senate Bill 13-86) writes i

Davy Brown Creek on California's Central Coast is just one waterway that would be protected under the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act. (Cheryl Frei)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Members of Congress and their staffs are getting an earful today from California supporters of the Central Coast Wild Heritage Act. The act would protect about a quarter-million acres of wilderness from development, create two scenic areas and designate almost 160 miles of wild

Phase two of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is now moving forward, targeting private lands. (Timotale/iStockphoto)

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Private lands in the southern California desert will have a large role to play in fighting climate change, according to conservation groups. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior signed the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan last week, which covers 11 million acres of fe

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