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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - AZ: Environment

Phoenix's dry, warm climate historically made it a haven for people with respiratory ailments, but now that heat and sunshine are contributing to dangerous smog levels. (Edward Blake/Flickr)

PHOENIX - Phoenix again ranks among the top 10 smoggiest cities in America, according to a report released today by the American Lung Association. Arizona's largest metropolitan area is eighth in the nation for high ozone pollution, or smog. The ALA gives Maricopa County a failing grade for ozone,

Growing barley used for brewing beer has greater appeal to farmers because it sells at higher prices than barley used as feed grain. (Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr)

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – The Verde River, which flows through central Arizona, is a critical source of water in this arid state. So, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona looked for a strategy to reduce demand on the river, especially in low-flowing summer months. The answer is beer - or at least, th

The Mexican gray wolf was almost eliminated from the wild by the 1970s, but a court ruling this week could help ensure its comeback in the Southwest. (Larry Lamsa/Flickr)

PHOENIX - Environmental groups in the Southwest are celebrating a district court ruling this week on management of endangered Mexican gray wolves. A federal judge found that guidelines set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2015 "failed to further the conservation of the Mexican wolf." Tim Pr

Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally earned an 11 percent rating on the latest Environmental Scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters. (McSally.house.gov)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The annual League of Conservation Voters environmental scorecard is out – and all five of Arizona's Republican U.S. House members and both senators scored 11 percent or less. The League looked at how each lawmaker voted in 2017 and found Representatives Paul Gosar, Dav

Arizona has one of the sunniest climates, but also one of the lowest renewable energy standards in the West. (CleanHealthyAZ)

PHOENIX — A coalition of community groups and health organizations is throwing its support behind a ballot initiative, filed on Tuesday, that would force investor-owned utilities such as Arizona Public Service, Tucson Electric Power and electric cooperatives to get 50 percent of their energy f

Wednesday, conservation groups are pressing their concerns about maintaining clean energy, water and air with lawmakers at the State Capitol.(gnagel/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Arizona conservation groups say they hope to beat back moves to transfer public lands to state control and to over pump Arizona's rivers. Those are among the hot issues on this Environmental Day at the State Legislature. After a 9 a.m. rally at the Capitol, the large coalition of

Latino groups gathered Tuesday evening in Phoenix to watch the State of the Union address. (Promise Arizona)

PHOENIX – Progressive groups in Arizona are giving President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night mostly negative reviews, saying they like the points he made about prison reform and lowering drug prices, but were deeply disappointed in his approach to other big issues, incl

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona is one of dozens under review for possible adjustments to their boundaries. (kcconnors/morguefile)

PHOENIX – More than 1,200 military veterans signed a letter that was just sent to President Donald Trump asking him to maintain the boundaries of special places such as Ironwood Forest and Vermilion Cliffs national monuments in Arizona, Gold Butte in Nevada and Cascade Siskiyou National Monume

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