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Updated PNS Daily Newscast - September, 22 2017 


The news we're following on today's rundown: Facebook turns over Russia-linked ads to Congress; how Senate Republicans’ new health-care bill could hurt the fight against the opioid epidemic; and Texas food banks prepare to serve the long-term needs of Harvey victims.

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Public News Service - UT: Public Lands/Wilderness

Oil and gas production on one parcel of public land opened by the BLM for drilling would be visible from the visitor center at Dinosaur National Monument. (National Park Service)

SALT LAKE CITY - Conservation groups say they'll challenge the Bureau of Land Management's plan to offer 75 leases for oil and gas development on some 100,000 acres of publicly owned land near Dinosaur National Monument and in the San Rafael Swell. Nada Culver, senior director for agency policy for

Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments could be eliminated or reduced in size under a federal review that ends next week. (Josh Ewing)

BOULDER, Utah – Many Utah business owners and tribes are making a last-minute push to save the state's national monuments, under threat from a federal review that ends one week from today. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has until Aug. 24 to make recommendations on whether to shrink or re

New research released Friday shows

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Non-motorized outdoor recreation has a big impact on Utah's economy, according to new research released Friday. In 2015, "quiet" recreation on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management near Cedar City produced more than $17 million in direct spending. Kristin L

National monuments including the Grand Staircase-Escalante could be rescinded or reduced under a new order by President Trump. (Getty Images)

BOULDER, Utah – Public lands defenders from Utah and across the country are in the nation's capital this week, urging leaders to protect America's national monuments. President Donald Trump ordered a review of monuments designated since 1996 under the Antiquities Act, including Utah's Grand

Faith groups are praising new Bureau of Land Management rules to curb methane waste on public lands. (Curraheeshutter/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Faith leaders from Utah and across the Southwest signed a letter addressed to President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell thanking them for adopting new measures to reduce natural-gas waste on publicly owned lands. The letter said the new policies are in sync with church

New BLM rules should speed up solar and wind energy development on public lands. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Bureau of Land Management has finalized rules that encourage increased solar and wind energy production on public lands, and it's making Utah a priority. The policies create a competitive process similar to the way oil and gas leases are granted. The new rules also offer fina

County memberships in a group working to transfer public lands to states are on the decline. (Council of State Governments)

SALT LAKE CITY – County memberships in the American Lands Council, a national group working to transfer publicly owned lands to states, have dropped by as much as 45 percent, according to an investigation by the Western Values Project. Chris Saeger, Western Values Project director, suspects

Utah candidates for local and state office are facing off this week in debates. (Kichigin/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utahans are getting a break between presidential debates to learn more about how local candidates plan to address education, health care, public lands and other issues in the state. A non-partisan debate series kicked off this week and goes until Monday. It’s sponsored

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