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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 - CA: Urban Planning/Transportation

Conservation groups protested before the Metropolitan Water District vote in Los Angeles on Tuesday. (Restore the Delta)

LOS ANGELES - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has thrown its support behind the twin tunnels project, known as the "Water Fix," voting late Tuesday to spend almost $11 billion to build two tunnels underneath the delta to bring Sacramento River water to the Central Valley and S

Environmental advocates want the Trump administration to block a permit to expand a Bay Area oil refinery. (Jason Pfeifle)

SAN FRANCISCO – Protesters took to the streets of San Francisco on Monday, to denounce the possible expansion of an oil refinery in the North Bay town of Rodeo – a decision they say was taken behind closed doors. Documents from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District show that Phi

Installing rain gardens is one method for catching and conserving storm water before it can become polluted runoff. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

LOS ANGELES – Community health groups and policymakers are meeting in Los Angeles today to drum up support for a program to fight pollution and drought by capturing more rainwater and urban runoff - what they call "liquid gold." The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is looking at adding a tax

Conservation groups are fighting a proposal to build a natural-gas unit at the Puente power plant in Oxnard. (Earthjustice)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California could reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 - that's the prediction by a panel of clean-energy experts gathering in Sacramento today. The panel is part of the "Right to Zero" campaign by the environmental legal nonprofit Earthjustice. Staff attorney Paul Cor

Oil-train projects have run into local opposition in Benicia, in the Bay Area, and in Central and Southern California. (Vladyslav Danilin)

NIPOMO, Calif. – A project to send hundreds of oil trains rumbling up and down the Central California Coast appears to be dead. The oil company announced Monday it is giving up the fight to secure county approval. Oil giant Phillips 66 has agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against San Luis Obisp

Senate Bill 649 would lead to a proliferation of cellular equipment such as this across the state. (Kevin Mottus/California Brain Tumor Association)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill that would lead to the proliferation of refrigerator-sized 5G cell tower boxes across the state is now on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk - and health advocates are pressing for a veto. SB 649 would allow telecom companies to install 5G and other wireless cell equipment o

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

For generations, electricity for the Central Coast region has been produced by gas-fired plants concentrated in Oxnard, a working-class community with majority populations of color. (Michele W.)

OXNARD, Calif. – Community groups from Oxnard showed up at a California Energy Commission hearing last night to voice their concerns about a proposal to build a fourth gas-fired power plant in their city. Despite its accolades for developing energy-efficient jobs and policies, California's lo

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