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PNS Daily News - April 26, 2017 


Among the stories we are featuring today: National monuments at risk under an expected executive order; the latest on negotiations to avoid a government shutdown; and attempts to overturn Citizens United ramp up.

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Public News Service - CA: Water

Water infrastructure issues are front and center in Washington during Water Week 2017.(earl53/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. is drastically underfunding water projects, putting communities at risk for a catastrophic failure, according to a new report from the U.S. Water Alliance. Advocates for better water infrastructure are flooding Washington, so to speak, for Water Week 2017. The

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

Conservation groups say more Northern California water could be diverted for farm use with changes added to the Water Resources Development Act in Congress. (Ron Kroetz)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress is expected to vote by Friday on the Water Resources Development Act to improve cities' water infrastructure and help places like Flint, Mich., recover from lead contamination of its drinking water. Outgoing Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has been shepherding the b

A new report questions the safety of using oilfield wastewater on crops. (BelfastEileen/iStockphoto)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The aquifer and food crops in California's Central Valley may be tainted with chemicals from nearby oil fields, according to a new report. Researchers from four institutions, including Lawrence Berkeley Labs, looked at 173 chemicals used in oil and gas production and fou

The U.S. Water Alliance is launching a public awareness campaign today called

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — More than 500 groups from around the country are launching a national campaign on Thursday called "Imagine a Day Without Water." The campaign was designed to encourage all Americans to consider the importance of the drinking water and wastewater systems in the U.S. - esp

The ban on suction dredge gold mining in California rivers will remain in place after miners lost a suit at the California Supreme Court. (Klamath Riverkeeper)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A victory for environmental groups and tribes on Monday, as the California Supreme Court upheld the 2009 ban on suction dredge gold mining in state rivers. A mining group called the New 49ers has been fighting to be allowed to use machines that suck up the river bottoms in sea

The Rincon Island Limited Partnership, an oil facility on an island near Ventura, filed for bankruptcy this week. (Wikimedia Commons)

VENTURA, Calif. - An oil company facing termination of its lease for a facility on a tiny island near the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara made a last-minute bankruptcy filing, even as the State Department of Conservation issued a second enforcement order against it. The Rincon Island Limite

A new study shows 20 percent more kids drink water at school if it is cold and offered with cups. (alvimann/morguefile)

SAN FRANCISCO - A new study offers a simple solution for getting kids to drink more water in schools or child-care settings: Make it more convenient. Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco did an intervention study in 12 middle schools, giving some schools cold-water pitcher

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