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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 - NM: Climate Change/Air Quality

New Mexico's Public Regulatory Commission is scheduled to decide if a 9 percent utility rate hike will take effect this month. (nativenewsonline.net)

SANTA FE, N.M. – A continuing dispute over rate hikes by Public Service Company of New Mexico is back before the Public Regulation Commission tomorrow. PNM had planned to use a January 1 ratepayer hike to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrades at its Four Corners plant until the

The New Year brings at least one more round of litigation as states such as New Mexico fight the Trump administration's suspension of methane waste rules on public and tribal lands. (Environmental Defense Fund)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The back and forth litigation about requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the amount of methane they release into the atmosphere in New Mexico promises to continue in 2018. The Waste Prevention Rule written two years ago directed companies to reduce emissions and was s

Proponents of spending New Mexico's windfall from the Volkswagen Clean Air Act violations on electric buses will rally in Albuquerque on Thursday. (Children's Clean Air Network)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health says 47,000 children in the state suffer from asthma, and that's why a coalition wants funds from the Volkswagen emissions-test settlement spent to transition diesel school buses to electric. A group will rally in Albuquerque Thursday t

New Mexicans are ready for ski season, but above-normal temperatures are expected from December through February.  (pixabay)<br />

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Winter is weeks away but fall is just arriving in New Mexico, with a La Niña weather pattern expected to leave the state high and dry this winter. Albuquerque's high temperature of 73 degrees last Friday was the warmest on record for that date, and Santa Fe is experiencin

New Mexico's Sandoval County Commissioners will face tough opposition when they meet Nov. 16 to pass an ordinance on oil and gas drilling. (resource-media.org)

BERNALILLO, N.M. - Opponents of an ordinance to allow more oil and gas drilling in Sandoval County say amendments are needed to strengthen the permitting process and protect the area's drinking water. The county commissioners will meet November 16 to review an ordinance that would grant the county

New Mexico could adopt a clean-energy standard to address climate change at the same time the federal government plans to boost coal production. (climatewest.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. - People who want New Mexico to have its own clean-energy standard are making their case today to the state's Public Regulation Commission. Supporters say it would help the state determine its role in addressing climate change. The New Mexico Attorney General's Office and consumer ad

Diverse groups are opposing efforts to remove information about the Earth's age, evolution, climate change and more from New Mexico school science lessons. (NASA)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Opponents of proposed changes to New Mexico's public school science curriculum that would omit terms like "global warming" and “evolution,” will gather today for a rally - just before the Public Education Department meets to discuss the draft document. Critics sa

One of the largest oil and gas companies in the United States plans to drill in New Mexico's Permian Basin, and says it will follow Obama-era rules about capturing methane. (NOAA)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Interior Department wants to delay an Obama administration directive requiring energy companies to reduce methane emissions at drilling sites on federal lands. But one company with plans to drill in New Mexico says it will capture methane emissions with or without regulation

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