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PNS Daily Newscast - February 23, 2018 


As the NRA doubles down on "good guys with guns," the Broward County Sheriff admits an armed deputy did not engage with the Parkland school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: workers across the nation will spend part of their weekend defending the American Dream; and a study says the Lone Star State is distorting Texas history lessons.

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Public News Service - AZ: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Forecasters are predicting a larger number of wildfires in Arizona and other southwestern states this season because of high temperatures and dry condition. (toa55/iStockphoto)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Arizonans recently watched with concern as a mega-wildfire swept across northeastern Alberta, Canada, forcing the evacuation of more than 100,000 people. Forecasters say the same conditions that caused the blaze in Canada also could bring a very active fire season to Arizo

Conservation groups such as the Defenders of Wildlife are concerned about a lack of progress in reintroducing the endangered Mexican gray wolf into the wild. (JimClark/USFWS)

TUCSON, Ariz. - It has been 40 years today since the Mexican gray wolf was listed as an endangered species, but conservationists are concerned about what they see as a serious lack of progress in reintroducing the animal into the wild. In 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service counted only 97 lobo

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the state’s estimated population of 25-hundred to three-thousand mountain lions is not endangered or scarce. (Corinna Stoeffl/Pixabay)

PHOENIX - Thousands of rare mountain lions have been killed in the past decade by trophy hunters, according to a new report. The Humane Society of the United States lists Arizona among the top five states where the big cats, also known as cougars, have been hunted and killed. Wendy Keefover, car

Federal Fish and Wildlife Service officials say two endangered Mexican wolves died during annual capture-and-count operations this year. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

PHOENIX - Two endangered Mexican wolves were accidentally killed in January during federal wildlife officials' annual capture-and-count operations in Arizona and New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called a temporary halt to the counting program while officials determine what went wro

Arizona conservation groups can sue the U.S. Forest Service over the use of lead ammunition by hunters in the Kaibab National Forest. (U.S. Forest Service)

TUCSON, Ariz. - A federal appeals court has ruled that a trio of conservation groups can move forward with a lawsuit to ban hunters' use of lead ammunition in Arizona's Kaibab National Forest. The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and Grand Canyon Wildlands Council sued the U.S. Forest

The Don't Be A Drip campaign says excessive lawn watering is just one reason it lists Arizona as the country's biggest Water Hog. (Alvimann/morguefile)

TUCSON, Az. - A campaign to encourage people to conserve water on behalf of wildlife has identified Arizona as one of the top "water wasters" in the country. The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity is sponsoring the "Don't be a Drip" campaign to make consumers aware that using too much wate

One environmental group is taking a humorous approach to the serious subject of overpopulation on World Vasectomy Day. Credit: Center for Biological Diversity

TUCSON, Ariz. - Today is World Vasectomy Day, and an environmental group wants men to consider, as they jokingly put it, "getting whacked for wildlife." It's a campaign to get people talking about a sensitive subject - in light of what some see as the planet's overpopulation and its environmental t

Bison in the Kaibab National Forest, part of the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. Credit: Michele Vacchiano/iStock

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - One-point-seven million acres adjoining the Grand Canyon's north and south rims would become part of a new national monument if a bill, announced Monday, becomes law. Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and leaders from 11 Native American tribes gathered in Flagstaff to announce

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