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PNS Daily Newscast - July 27, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon still trying to figure out how to respond to the latest Trump tweet to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces; updates on the Affordable Care Act and state worker contracts, plus Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke heads to New Mexico to review another national monument.

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Hundreds gathered at the Colorado State Capitol to protest U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' appearance at last week's American Legislative Exchange Council meeting. (Caroline Fry)

DENVER -- The American Legislative Exchange Council wrapped up its annual meeting in Denver on Friday, and activists say they'll keep watching as the group's agenda unfolds in coming months. The national organization, funded by more than 300 corporations and conservative foundations, brings lawmak

Scientists warn if the U.S. continues business as usual, climate change could lead to the largest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in the nationís history. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Rocky Mountain and Western states could see some benefits as climate change forces people and assets to move away from the nation's hottest regions into more temperate areas, but scientists project economic inequality will increase as the planet warms. Rutgers University Professor R

The U.S. Department of Interior is taking steps to speed up applications for oil and gas drilling on public lands. (Getty Images)

DENVER – U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order yesterday opening up more public lands for drilling and mining in an effort he says is needed to tackle permitting backlogs and delays. Chris Saeger, executive director of the Western Values Project, warns the measure could result i

Drought and warmer temperatures have been linked to an increase in the number and size of wildfires across western states. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The amount of air pollution released by forest fires is three times larger than previous EPA estimates, and particulates can have a long-lasting impact on climate - according to two new studies from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Greg Huey, a professor at Georgia Tech, says sm

Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing is one of hundreds of companies, governors and mayors pledging to meet climate goals set in Paris. (M. Doxtad/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - Colorado companies including Western Union, New Belgium Brewing and several ski resorts have joined hundreds of U.S. mayors, governors and chief executives, all promising to make good on the nation's commitment to reach climate goals set in Paris. A letter - including signatures from such

New research shows going solar could turn a profit of as much as several million dollars per life saved from coal-related diseases. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Thousands of Americans die prematurely from air pollution-related diseases associated with burning coal, and a new study from Michigan Technological University says transitioning to solar would save more than 50,000 American lives each year. Joshua Pearce, the report's lead author,

Pope Francis' recent encyclical calls for Catholics across the world to engage in efforts to slow climate change. (Pixabay)

DENVER – As world leaders prepare to meet at this week's G-7 summit in Italy, nine Catholic dioceses and religious orders in the U.S. and Europe have committed to divesting their holdings in coal, natural gas and oil companies within the next five years. Yossi Cadan, an organizer with the gr

Colorado throws a statewide party on Saturday to celebrate publicly-owned lands. (Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Colorado is the first state in the nation to establish a holiday recognizing the value of public lands, and kicks off its inaugural celebration on Saturday with events across the state. There's an Elephant Revival concert, trail cleanups, and eight special beers from local breweries w

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