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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - CA: Public Lands/Wilderness

Gas flares at a well in Bakersfield, Calif. (Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two new lawsuits have been filed in federal court to stop the Trump administration from deep-sixing rules meant to reduce pollution, fight climate change and preserve public resources. A dozen conservation groups and the state attorneys general of California and New Mexi

A new report highlights the threats fishing nets pose to sea turtles, which will continue in California now that the feds have withdrawn a proposed rule designed to protect them. (NOAA)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The federal government is harming endangered species by disregarding the science when making political decisions, according to a new report. The study, Suppressed: How Politics Drowned out Science for Ten Endangered Species, cites as its first example a decision in June

Billboards like this one are popping up across the Inland Empire to build support for California's desert monuments against any federal attempt to shrink them. (29 Palms Inn)

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. – Business supporters of California's national monuments say they're worried they may be next after President Donald Trump downsized two national monuments this week in Utah. The business community near Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains National Monume

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

A new report blames dry conditions linked to climate change for this fall's large fires and calls for more funding for prescribed burns. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- The death toll has risen to 42 in the massive fires that raged through Santa Rosa, Napa and Sonoma over the past week - and a new report says California can expect more of these megafires in the years to come. Researchers from the National Wildlife Federation noted that in pa

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is part of a proposed new wilderness area in Central California. (Alison Sheehey)

LAKE PIRU, Calif. – Outdoor enthusiasts, local businesses and conservation groups are praising a new bill introduced Monday in Congress to give extra protection to 245,000 acres of public land in Central California. Sen. Kamala Harris and Representative Salud Carbajal introduced the Central

Oil-train projects have run into local opposition in Benicia, in the Bay Area, and in Central and Southern California. (Vladyslav Danilin)

NIPOMO, Calif. – A project to send hundreds of oil trains rumbling up and down the Central California Coast appears to be dead. The oil company announced Monday it is giving up the fight to secure county approval. Oil giant Phillips 66 has agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against San Luis Obisp

Sand to Snow National Monument was created alongside two other desert monuments in 2016 by President Barack Obama. (Bureau of Land Mgmt.)

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. -- Sand to Snow National Monument in the southern California desert will not be reduced or rescinded, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Wednesday. Six other national monuments in California and dozens of others around the country remain in the crosshairs - until Z

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