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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - CA: Oceans

Even small bits of plastic bags can get trapped in a turtle's stomach, causing an untimely death. <br />(NOAA)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California voters soon will decide if the state's ban on plastic shopping bags will stay or blow in the wind. The 2014 ban is on hold pending the outcome of Proposition 67, a simple referendum asking voters to decide whether or not to uphold the ban. Then there's Proposit

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

The State Lands Commission votes today on whether to terminate an oil lease off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura. (MSR Photo/iStockphoto)

VENTURA, Calif. - State regulators are voting today on whether to terminate the lease on an aging oil facility just off the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara. The rigs on Rincon Island haven't produced oil or gas since 2008. Don Drysdale, spokesman for the California Department of Conservati

Protesters rallied Tuesday to keep a moratorium on fracking in federal waters off of California. (Center for Biological Diversity)

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Protesters rallied Tuesday to keep a statewide moratorium on fracking for oil and gas in federal waters off of the California coast. The group picketed in front of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's offices in Camarillo because the federal officials are expected to release

Workers toss bags of contaminated soil up from the beach after the oil spill at Refugio in May 2015. (Ashley Blacow/Oceana)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Environmental groups are applauding the criminal indictment Tuesday of the company blamed for the massive oil spill last May in Refugio, about an hour north of Santa Barbara. A grand jury indicted Plains All-American Pipeline on 46 counts related to the spill. In addition, o

The sardine population is continuing to collapse, according to a new assessment by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.(jasonwebber01/morguefile)

LOS ANGELES - A new federal assessment shows the population of sardines off the West Coast has continued to plummet; it's a third lower than last spring, even though the entire sardine fishery was closed in 2015. The news means the fishery is very unlikely to reopen until at least 2017. Geoff Sh

SeaWorld has admitted sending employee Paul McComb to pose as an activist. (April Cruz/PETA)

Animal-rights advocates with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are speaking out in the wake of revelations that SeaWorld sent some of its employees to spy on them. On Thursday, SeaWorld chief executive Joel Manby admitted in an earnings call that his company directed workers to go underco

The U.S. Navy is rethinking its exercises that could harm marine mammals. Credit: Daniel Du Toit/ Wikimedia Commons

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The U.S. Navy is analyzing the harm its sonar exercises do to whales, dolphins and sea turtles and may modify its training exercises accordingly. Late last week, the Navy announced it's ordering a new environmental impact statement for training from late 2018 to 2023. The publi

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