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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 - CA: Climate Change/Air Quality

California petitioned Congress to be able to implement new, more efficient light-bulb standards two years before the rest of the country. (Alvimann/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Light bulb! Here's an idea – experts say Californians can save money and energy by choosing Light Emitting Diode (LED) or Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. And starting Jan. 1, the incandescent bulbs that have been around since Edison's time will be illegal to man

Gas flares at a well in Bakersfield, Calif. (Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two new lawsuits have been filed in federal court to stop the Trump administration from deep-sixing rules meant to reduce pollution, fight climate change and preserve public resources. A dozen conservation groups and the state attorneys general of California and New Mexi

A new report blames dry conditions linked to climate change for this fall's large fires and calls for more funding for prescribed burns. (Wikimedia Commons)

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- The death toll has risen to 42 in the massive fires that raged through Santa Rosa, Napa and Sonoma over the past week - and a new report says California can expect more of these megafires in the years to come. Researchers from the National Wildlife Federation noted that in pa

Low-income communities often bear the brunt of air pollution, so California environmental groups are pushing for more cleanup efforts in those areas. (World Architecture)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign a package of bills that passed the Legislature on Monday and will extend the state's cap-and-trade program through 2030. The cap-and-trade system encourages industry to clean up its act by putting a price on carbon emissions, but environmenta

Studies show diesel emissions are 90 times higher near the Port of Oakland in West Oakland than the state average. (Chris Jordan-Block/Earthjustice)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Millions of Californians live close to a major port and this week, community leaders in West Oakland filed a federal complaint alleging that the continued pollution in their community of color is a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Margaret Gordon, co-founder of the West O

Concerns over truck pollution rules may hold up the governor's new transportation bill. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown and his supporters held a rally Wednesday to rev up support for his transportation bill. But environmental groups are protesting a section they maintain will lead to more pollution by big trucks. Senate Bill 1 increases the gas tax and the fee to regist

Advocates are asking a federal judge to force the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate environmental justice complaints, including one on the permits for the Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, Calif. (Calpine)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Five nonprofits, including one in California, filed a motion in federal court Monday to force the EPA to follow up on environmental justice-related civil rights complaints. The groups accuse the EPA of dragging its feet, in some cases for decades. Michael Boyd, a plaintiff

Multiple oil refineries on the California coast contribute to the state's persistent air-quality problems. (Thomas Hawk)

LOS ANGELES - Southern California has long been plagued with dirty air - so dirty that clean-air advocates claim the entire South Coast basin has never been in full compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. But today, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is to vote on developing a long-t

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