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PNS Daily Newscast - March 24, 2017 


On our rundown today: Republican leaders delay the vote on a health-care replacement for Obamacare; legal advice for undocumented immigrants; and one state considers an innovative way to help children with money from a settlement with Volkswagen.

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Public News Service - TX: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Environmental groups fear that a Trump Administration could reverse years of progress to curb climate change, and for cleaner air and water. (phxidalgo/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Some Texas conservation groups fear that gains made in recent years for cleaner air and water could be rolled back by Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress. They are concerned that President-elect Trump has called climate change "a hoax," opposes many EPA regulations, and

Conservation groups have filed suit to protect the endangered ocelot from a federal program to kill other predators such as coyotes and bobcats. (TomSmiley/USFWS)

HARLINGEN, Texas - A pair of conservation groups has sued to protect endangered ocelots by blocking a federal agency's plan to remove other predators from parts of Texas and Arizona. The lawsuit seeks changes in a wildlife management program that uses traps and poisons to remove coyotes, bobcats, a

Canoeists enjoy an afternoon at McKinney Falls State Park near Austin. The Texas congressional delegation consistently voted against conservation measures designed to protect such waterways. (Texas Parks and Wildlife) <br /><br /><br />

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas congressional delegation ranks near the bottom of the new annual scorecard of the League of Conservation Voters. In fact, U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, both R-Texas, scored "zero" for their votes on key environmental issues, and the state's 36 House members only vote

Wildlife-conservation groups say proposed new rules for marine mammal parks could make the animals' lives worse, not better. (aconant/morguefile)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Wildlife groups are protesting new federal rules designed to improve conditions for captive marine mammals in places such as Sea World in San Antonio, saying the rule could weaken some existing protections. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a proposal to further r

Animal rights groups are protesting a plan to bring 18 elephants threatened by drought to zoos in the U.S. instead of relocating them in Africa. (biberty/morguefile)

DALLAS - A coalition of animal rights advocates is protesting a federal permit that allows the Dallas Zoo and two others in the U.S. to accept African elephants. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week approved a permit for the zoos to import 18 elephants from a government park in Swaziland, in

Wild bee habitat is on the decline in many of the country's most important farmlands, according to a new report. (Derek Keats/Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - Wild bee populations in the U.S. are disappearing in many of the country's most important farmlands, including West Texas, California's Central Valley, and the Great Plains and California's Central Valley according to a national study led by the University of Vermont. Taylor Ricke

Texas mayors are pledging to make their cities a safe and welcoming landing spot for the Monarch butterfly. (Weimar Meneses/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Mayors across the state are raising the bar for Texas hospitality by pledging to make cities more welcoming for the embattled Monarch butterfly. Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio are among the first cities in the nation to take the National Wildlife Federation's

Fort Worth community organizations, volunteers and environmentalists are launching a pilot project to help pollinators essential to the nation's food supply. Credit: Cmackenz/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas - A group of volunteers in Fort Worth is hoping a bike ride can help spark a grassroots movement to save the butterflies, bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in the nation's food chain. Jillian Jordan, the Great Seed Bomb event's founder, said bees alone contribute mo

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