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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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Public News Service - TX: Environment

A stand of live oak trees in Butler Park frames the downtown Austin skyline. Conservationists say urban forests are critical to air and water quality in Texas cities. (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas - Conservation groups, cities and business interests are fighting bills in the Texas Legislature that would strip municipalities of the ability to regulate the removal of old-growth trees. Dozens of people have testified before state House and Senate committees, with most speakers opp

A new study finds only three out of 100 instances of illegal air pollution in Texas result in the offender being fined by the state. (MarkWilson/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- While it may not pay to pollute in Texas, a new report finds it certainly doesn't cost very much. A joint study by Environment Texas and the Environmental Integrity Project said that between 2011 and 2016, Texas regulators imposed penalties on fewer than 3 percent of the illegal a

Air quality monitors in Texas have indicated high ozone levels, indicating excessive emissions of methane and other toxic compounds from oil and gas wells. (EyeEm/GettyImages)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Clean air advocates say it's a breath of fresh air for Texas - as a federal court blocks Trump Administration efforts to roll back a methane emission rule for new oil and gas wells. This week, the court found the EPA exceeded its authority by imposing a 90-day moratoriu

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PLANO, Texas – Methane and other toxic byproducts from oil and gas exploration will, by 2025, make Texas the worst state in the nation for public health problems from toxic pollution, according to a new report. The study, produced by the Texas Grassroots Network, said up to 7,400 Texas oil a

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says Texas has the most Safe Drinking Water Act violations of any state in the U.S. (caristo/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Water systems in Texas have the nation's worst record for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, a new report says. Researchers for the Natural Resources Defense Council looked at Environmental Protection Agency data from 2015 and found almost 14,000 violations in more than 5,

Texas is among several states considering laws that would block state and local school officials from limiting teachers to lessons using evidence-based science. (GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – A state legislative committee will consider a proposal that would allow climate-change denial to be taught in Texas public schools. Texas is among several states considering laws that would block state and local school officials from limiting teachers to lessons using evidenc

Oil-soaked beaches were familiar sights on the Texas coast in 2010 after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. (dehooks/iStockphoto)

GALVESTON, Texas - An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform seven years ago released crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days, the largest spill in U.S. history. A new National Wildlife Federation report outlines priorities for the $16 billion fund to restore coastal areas of Tex

A new report ranks San Antonio seventh in the country in terms of installed solar-power capacity. (CPS Energy)

SAN ANTONIO - The solar-power industry in Texas has grown consistently in the past few years, but its advocates say clouds on the horizon could slow that progress. Research from the Solar Foundation showed that employment in solar-industry jobs grew 34 percent in Texas last year, and the number of

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