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.
SALT LAKE CITY – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's landmark decision not to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species. The bird, known for its colorful mating dance, once numbered as many as 16 million, but has dropped to between 200,000 a
SALT LAKE CITY - More than 29,000 mountain lions have been killed across the country in the past decade by trophy hunters, according to a new report. The Humane Society of the United States lists Utah among the top five states where large numbers of the big cats, also called cougars, have been hunte
GROUSE CREEK, Utah – Efforts underway in Montana to restore and protect habitat for sage-grouse, a bird that faces a possible endangered species listing, could benefit Utah and other Western states. Jason Weller, chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), met with Montana sta
ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah - The National Park Service's ban on aerial drones being used inside National Parks, primarily to capture photos and video, is now in full effect nationwide. The Park Service initiated the drone ban in late June, but gave park superintendents two months to implement the po
SALT LAKE CITY - Efforts are under way to track Utah's declining golden eagle population, which has been impacted by wildfires. Dr. Steve Slater, conservation science director at Hawk Watch International, said his organization is attaching tiny solar GPS transmitters to young eagles to help gather
OGDEN, Utah – Several of Utah's Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep recently got a free helicopter ride as the state continues efforts to see the animals grow in number. Phil Douglass, wildlife conservation outreach manager with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, says about 30 bighorns were r
SALT LAKE CITY – A court challenge under way claims Utah's Agriculture Operation Interference law violates the First Amendment right to free speech. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will be filing a friend of the court brief in federal District Court in Salt Lake City today.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Farmers Union is growing concerned that Congress, in letting the already-extended Farm Bill expire at the end of September, could hurt farmers in Utah and around the country. Utah Farmers Union vice president Ron Stratford called the Farm Bill lapse "ridiculous," and sai