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PNS Daily News - May 30, 2017 


We’re featuring several stories in today’s news including: Are Trump’s proposed SNAP cuts fake math? Hospital mergers are questioned around the U.S. And a native Alaskan tribe seeks help to protect sacred lands.

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Public News Service - TX: Public Lands/Wilderness

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline would transport natural gas across a 148-mile stretch of West Texas to Mexico, including tunneling under the Rio Grande River. (struvictory/iStockphoto)

ALPINE, Texas – A recent victory by protesters in North Dakota to stop a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline has inspired West Texas environmental groups that oppose a similar project. Protesters of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, including the Big Bend Defense Coalition, have recently escalated

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

A swimmer prepares to dive into the cold, clear water of the pool at Balmorhea State Park. (Texas Parks and Wildlife photo)

ALPINE, Texas – Environmentalists are deeply concerned over plans by a Texas oil company to drill thousands of wells near iconic Balmorhea State Park in the Big Bend region. Houston-based Apache Corporation has leased 300,000 acres surrounding the environmentally sensitive park and plans to us

Native Americans and environmental groups protest at the Houston headquarters of Energy Transfer Partners, the contractor building Dakota Access and other pipeline projects. (Grassroots Global Justice Alliance)

HOUSTON – A coalition of environmental groups and Native American activists has taken protests over a controversial pipeline to the Houston offices of the company building the project. Dressed in traditional tribal garb, chanting and dancing to native drums, dozens gathered this week at the h

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

A new report says oil and gas operations on University of Texas System public lands are a major source of methane emissions. (bashta/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Environmental groups, professors and students are demanding that the University of Texas System reduce methane emissions from oil and gas facilities on its public lands. A new analysis says the 9,000 oil and gas wells drilled on university land in West Texas are a major contri

As part of Latino Conservation Week, community members are being encouraged to join a hike and help preserve the Castner Range of the Franklin Mountains near El Paso. (Mark Clune/Rio Grande Sierra Club)

EL PASO, Texas -- This week marks the third annual Latino Conservation Week, and organizers are shining a spotlight on the Latino community's concern for preserving Texas natural resources. As part of the event, several groups encouraged Latinos to engage in outdoor activities such as camping and

View of lower Pine Spring Canyon and the Guadalupe Peak Trail from Hunter Peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Texas is battling the EPA over regulations designed to control haze in the park. (National Park Service)

AUSTIN, Texas - The state of Texas has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for rejecting the state's haze reduction plan for national parks in the far western parts of the state. The suit marks the 24th time Texas has brought legal action against the EPA over regulatory issues since Pre

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