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PNS Daily Newscast - February 24, 2017 


On today's rundown: Members of Trump’s cabinet meet with Mexican officials days after a new deportation order; Protests are planned in the wake Trump’s decision to roll back protections for transgender students; And more Americans are divesting from big banks.

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Public News Service - CA: Sustainable Agriculture

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

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

Workers from Taylor Farms, a supplier for Chipotle, protested Thursday at two of the chain's California restaurants. (Teamsters Joint Council 7)

SACRAMENTO - Adding to Chipotle's woes, workers from one of its suppliers protested at two California restaurant locations on Thursday, alleging food safety and labor violations - not by Chipotle, but by the supplier. About 40 workers from Taylor Farms, which is based in Tracy, picketed at Chipotl

The California state Senate will consider a bill regulating certain pesticides that are linked to widespread bee deaths. (Pesticide Action Network of North America)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new bill aims to slow the collapse of bee colonies by making certain pesticides available only to trained professionals and by requiring seeds and plants sold in nurseries to carry labels if they are treated with the toxic chemicals. Senate Bill 12-82, the Pollinator Protecti

California's new law regulating medical marijuana takes effect Friday, professionalizing the industry in the state.(growweedeasy/morguefile)

LOS ANGELES - California's medical marijuana industry is growing up fast, so to speak, because a new law professionalizing the growth, sale and taxation of the plant goes into effect on Friday. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act establishes a new state agency, the Bureau of

PHOTO: Rice growing in a field. The California Air Resources Board is considering the state's first agricultural protocol for the cap and trade program. It would allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in California’s carbon market, providing a new source of revenue for growers while contributing to the state’s clean-air goals. Photo credit: Matthew Grimm, Environmental Defense Fund.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Rice farming in California is entering a new era. The Air Resources Board is considering a proposal to allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in the state's cap-and-trade market. The program will allow rice farmers to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while creating new r

PHOTO: A hidden-camera investigation by the Los Angeles-based animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, shows a goat being grabbed by the neck at the Ontario Livestock Sales auction house in 2012. The auction house owner has pleaded no contest to violating California’s criminal animal cruelty laws. Photo credit: Mercy For Animals

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house is facing probation and fines after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges under California's "downer" law. Charges were brought against Horacio Santorsola after an animal-rights group secretly videotaped wor

Photo: Local California farmers say proposed new rules under the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Food Safety Modernization Act may come down unfairly on sustainable and organic producers and on farmers who sell locally through farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), and farm stands. Photo credit: Full Belly Farm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Some California farmers are voicing concerns over the FDA's proposed implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. They say the rules are excessive and may put small farmers out of business. Judith Redmond, the co-owner of Full Belly Farm in Guinda, sells her organic frui

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