PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - CA: Sustainable Agriculture

Advocates of changing the way biofuels are made say current standards encourage rampant deforestation in places like Argentina, where farmers are clearing land illegally to grow soybeans. (Jim Wickens/Ecostorm)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Conservation groups are speaking out in favor of a new bill in Congress on biofuels, to reform the nation's renewable fuels standard and steer it away from ethanol and biodiesel. The GREENER Fuels Act would wind down the ethanol mandate and invest billions to reclaim far

Roundup is the most common pesticide in the world. Some studies have linked it to cancer, while many others have declared it safe. (Chris Thomas)

SAN FRANCISCO – A landmark

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

A new California law makes it state policy to promote greenhouse gas reduction in open space and agricultural lands. (Harold E. Malde/The Nature Conservancy)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Climate-change groups are applauding a new bill, just signed by Governor Jerry Brown, that would make it state policy to promote the role of land and soil in scrubbing the air of excess carbon. The Natural and Working Lands Climate Solution Act (Senate Bill 13-86) writes i

Workers from Taylor Farms, a supplier for Chipotle, protested Thursday at two of the chain's California restaurants. (Teamsters Joint Council 7)

SACRAMENTO - Adding to Chipotle's woes, workers from one of its suppliers protested at two California restaurant locations on Thursday, alleging food safety and labor violations - not by Chipotle, but by the supplier. About 40 workers from Taylor Farms, which is based in Tracy, picketed at Chipotl

The California state Senate will consider a bill regulating certain pesticides that are linked to widespread bee deaths. (Pesticide Action Network of North America)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new bill aims to slow the collapse of bee colonies by making certain pesticides available only to trained professionals and by requiring seeds and plants sold in nurseries to carry labels if they are treated with the toxic chemicals. Senate Bill 12-82, the Pollinator Protecti

California's new law regulating medical marijuana takes effect Friday, professionalizing the industry in the state.(growweedeasy/morguefile)

LOS ANGELES - California's medical marijuana industry is growing up fast, so to speak, because a new law professionalizing the growth, sale and taxation of the plant goes into effect on Friday. The California Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act establishes a new state agency, the Bureau of

PHOTO: Rice growing in a field. The California Air Resources Board is considering the state's first agricultural protocol for the cap and trade program. It would allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in California’s carbon market, providing a new source of revenue for growers while contributing to the state’s clean-air goals. Photo credit: Matthew Grimm, Environmental Defense Fund.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Rice farming in California is entering a new era. The Air Resources Board is considering a proposal to allow rice farmers to generate offsets to sell in the state's cap-and-trade market. The program will allow rice farmers to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while creating new r

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