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PNS Daily Newscast - September 28, 2020 

The New York Times reports President Trump's tax returns show chronic losses; and will climate change make it as a topic in the first presidential debate?

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The New York Times obtains President Trump's tax returns, showing chronic loss and debts coming due. And Judge Amy Coney Barrett is Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Getting It Right for Florida’s Right Whales

February 1, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A coalition of conservation groups wants the U.S. Navy to do the "right thing" for the right whales. With only 400 of the slow-moving sea animals remaining off the Florida and Georgia coasts, the groups are challenging the Navy's decision to build an Undersea Warfare Training Range next to the only known calving ground for critically-endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Defenders of Wildlife attorney Sierra Weaver says this Navy project and the whales don't mix; Navy vessels run into the whales.

"Because the leading cause of death for right whales is ship strikes, that is our number-one concern about this project."

Weaver says entanglement and noise disturbances from the project also threaten the right whales. The Navy acknowledges that more research must be done on the environmental impacts before operations can begin, but wants to proceed with range construction. Opponents want the Navy to first address the impacts from operating the range.

Cyndi Taylor, associate vice president with the Aquatic Conservation Program at the Wildlife Trust, says the whale mothers and calves tend to linger near the surface in this calving area.

"So, when you have a very large whale in 60 feet of water, that animal is in quote, unquote, the danger zone."

At the New England Aquarium's right whale research project, Amy Knowlton says there is a reason these whales are near extinction.

"Because they were slow-moving, they have very thick blubber layers, and they would float when they were killed. So they were basically an easy target, which is part of the reason they're in such an endangered status at this point in time."

Under the Navy's current plan, its ships would pass through the calving grounds when traveling between the proposed training area and bases at Jacksonville and Kings Bay.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - FL