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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Advocates are asking a federal judge to force the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate environmental justice complaints, including one on the permits for the Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, Calif. (Calpine)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Five nonprofits, including one in California, filed a motion in federal court Monday to force the EPA to follow up on environmental justice-related civil rights complaints. The groups accuse the EPA of dragging its feet, in some cases for decades. Michael Boyd, a plaintiff

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

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

The state Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings for solar power compensation. Credit: Solarenergy.org.

SAN FRANCISCO – The big three California utility companies are going before the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco today to argue for changes in the way people with rooftop solar are compensated for the energy they feed back into the grid. Right now under the net metering program, s

California added 1,200 new clean energy jobs, mostly in solar, wind and manufacturing, making it third in the nation for green job growth. Credit: adamkaz/iStockphoto.com.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California is third in the nation in creating green jobs in the second quarter of 2015, behind Texas and Nevada. The ranking comes in a new clean energy jobs report from a national nonpartisan business group called Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2. E2 Executive Direct

PHOTO: California is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to institute a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags. Advocates say the measure will help the environment and save tax dollars. Photo credit: Heal the Bay.

SAN DIEGO - California is poised to become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags, following the passage of SB 270 in the state Legislature. While opponents argue it will cost consumers and businesses money, advocates say the ban is the first

PHOTO: Many Californians may not be aware their drinking water comes from the Colorado River. The second annual

SAN DIEGO – Californians are uniting to protect the river that provides drinking water to about 20 million people in the Southland. The second annual Colorado River Day was held Thursday in San Diego and five other Western cities to highlight the river's continuing challenge of supply versus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - After three decades, the old question, "Paper or plastic?" may soon be a thing of the past in California. The Golden State became the first to address this issue with the Plastic Bag Recycling Act of 2006, designed to curb the use of an estimated 19 billion bags per year in the

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