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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - TX: Climate Change/Air Quality

Scientists say the uncontrolled release of carbon dioxide is one of the key factors driving climate change. (Pixabay)

LAREDO, Texas – In the wake of devastating damage from Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Gulf Coast, the consumer group Public Citizen is touring cities across Texas to talk about climate change. The tour is designed to engage students, scientists, activists, elected officials and the public in

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has set aside 7,800 acres in Big Bend National Park to protect the Guadalupe fescue, a type of bunchgrass recently added to the endangered species list. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

TERLINGUA, Texas – The federal government has added a species of bunchgrass found mostly in Texas to its list of endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave Guadalupe fescue protected status and set aside 7,800 acres of the fescue's last U.S. location, in Big Bend National Pa

One report ranks San Antonio as the fastest-growing Texas city projected to have a rapid rise in temperatures as a result of global warming. (Carol Highsmith/Wikimedia Commons)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The effects of climate change on temperatures don't appear to be deterring people from moving to some of Texas' largest cities, according to a new report. The website Sparefoot, which helps people locate storage space, rates the fastest-growing cities in the country by how ra

The EPA estimates that there are more than 8,000 new oil and gas operations close enough to Texas residents to negatively affect them with toxic methane emissions. (McNew/GettyImages)<br /><br />

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texans have until midnight Wednesday to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to delay the start of new rules curbing toxic leaks of methane. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants a two-year stay in implementing the New Source Performance Standards for tho

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

Excess methane gas is

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

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