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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - AZ: Environment

Many activists believe the flooding in Houston was worsened by climate change, and oppose the nomination of climate skeptic Kathleen Hartnett White to the federal Council on Environmental Quality. (Crap Mariner/Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX -- Leaders in Arizona's Latino community are speaking out against President Donald Trump's presumptive nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality. Critics say Kathleen Hartnett White's record and positions make her a poor choice to head the agency that advises the White House on

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Canyon Uranium Mine near Grand Canyon National Park can proceed without updating its 1986 permit, but also upheld the 2012 ban on new mines. (Bret Fanshaw/Environment America)

PHOENIX – Environmental groups and Native American tribes fighting uranium mining on the rim of the Grand Canyon are praising a federal court's decision on Tuesday to uphold a 20-year ban on new mines, while acknowledging that the area still is at great risk. A panel of judges on the 9th Cir

The site of the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains is part of the watershed that replenishes the aquifer that serves Tucson. (Save the Scenic Santa Ritas)

TUCSON, Ariz. – A coalition of conservation groups is suing the U.S. Forest Service over its approval of an open-pit copper mine 30 miles outside of Tucson. The groups contend that the Forest Service violated the Clean Water Act and other state and federal laws when it approved the Rosemont

Crews are thinning trees in Chimney Springs, in the Kaibab National Forest near Flagstaff. (Steve Horner)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The West has millions of acres of forested lands choked with small trees that could fuel the next massive wildfire. But now Arizona's getting some help from an innovative new program. The Future Forests program aims to make clearing extra logs more cost-effective. Pat Grah

Advocates are pressing Gov. Doug Ducey to take a different path on climate change than President Trump. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – The scariest thing this Halloween may just be the effects of climate change - but the solutions aren't frightening at all. That's the message that a group of faith, business and conservation leaders are sending to Gov. Doug Ducey this Halloween. They're delivering a letter today si

Statistics show tailpipe pollution causes 53,000 early deaths a year in the United States. (Lutgradio/Morguefile)

PHOENIX — Clean air advocates are speaking out in the wake of a move by the Trump administration to roll back standards on clean cars and fuel efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and got an earful from groups concerned about ai

EPA grants cover almost 30 percent of state and local air-quality monitoring in Arizona. (Truckerdan/Morguefile)

PHOENIX - Proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency will jeopardize public health and the cleanliness of Arizona's air, water and land, according to a new report. Researchers from the Environmental Defense Fund found that the EPA funnels almost $62 million a year into cleanup and

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument's pristine cliffs are notable for their fossils and human relics. (Bureau of Land Management)

PHOENIX -- People who prize Arizona's public lands are breathing a sigh of relief that Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument is off the chopping block - after the feds announced Friday that no changes will be made. There are 26 national monuments under review, and many feared Interior Secretary

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