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PNS Daily Newscast - April 24, 2018 


Trump’s Secretary of State nominee gets a narrow thumbs up, but his Veteran’s Affairs nominee is put on hold. Also on our rundown: Protests against Wells Fargo set for Des Moines today; and cannabis advocates blame Florida officials for “reefer madness.”

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Public News Service - NV: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Environmental groups are encouraging people who enjoy hiking, camping or hunting in the Ruby Mountains to share their personal stories about the area with the U.S. Forest Service. (Nick Bonzey/Flickr)

ELKO COUNTY, Nev. — The Ruby Mountains in northeast Nevada are known for hiking trails to 11,000-foot peaks and alpine lakes. Now, the U.S. Forest Service is considering making 54,000 acres of land in the mountain range available to lease for oil and gas development. But a coalition of almos

The fund that helped expand Red Rock National Conservation Area would be emptied as part of President Donald Trump's new budget proposal. (kconnors/morguefile)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Both of Nevada's U.S. senators are joining conservation groups to fight a provision in President Donald Trump's 2019 budget proposal that would drain $230 million from a fund that helps acquire new lands for public benefit. The budget would clear out any unspent funds in

Protections for Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments could be at risk. (Friends of Gold Butte)

LAS VEGAS – Some local advocates say they are more engaged than ever after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's so-called "snub." Zinke was slated to meet with elected officials, business leaders and tribes Monday as part of his review of Basin and Range and Gold Butte National Monuments. But th

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to the the Gwich'in Tribe, whose members are touring Nevada this week to drum up opposition to drilling. (Micah Baird/Sierra Club)

RENO, Nev. -- A group of Alaska Natives are in Nevada this week as part of a tour of the Southwest. They're stoking opposition to a bill that would authorize oil and gas drilling in their homeland, including parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Two women from the Gwich'in Tribe spoke in L

A cat receives medical attention after losing two toes to a trap near Reno in 2010. (Nevada Humane Society)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – A bill to lessen the suffering of animals caught in traps gets a hearing today before the state Senate Natural Resources Committee. Right now, trappers only have to check the devices every four days. SB 364 would require checks every 24 hours so any non-target animals can

The Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly is one of 22 endangered species in Nevada. (USFWS)

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Conservation groups are slamming a new lawsuit brought by attorneys general from 18 states, including Nevada's Adam Laxalt, that would weaken habitat protection for endangered species. The lawsuit against several federal agencies challenges rules enacted over the past several

A new report confirms that habitat protections for the greater sage grouse benefit other species as well. (Twildlife/iStockphoto)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Protections for sage grouse have directly benefited multiple species that share the same habitat, according to a new report. The study examined three songbirds whose populations have declined in the vast sagebrush sea that stretches across much of Nevada and 10 other Western sta

A new report on the legal prospects for states seeking land transfers from the federal government says the states are unlikely to succeed in the courts. (Ravenking99/Morguefile)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Lawsuits to force the federal government to turn over land to states have little chance of succeeding, according to new findings from the Conference of Western Attorneys General. Two years ago, the group formed a subcommittee to study whether the federal government was legally o

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