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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2018 


The Trump administration pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Also on the Wednesday rundown: State AGs push back on the Trump border policy; and we look at the link between zinc and fertility.

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Public News Service - AZ: Environment

Environmental groups say uranium mining near the Grand Canyon could pose a threat to the Colorado River and the communities that rely on it as a water source. (Kat Grigg/Flickr).

PHOENIX – The Department of the Interior recently published its 2018 list of minerals it considers critical to national security and the economy. But environmental groups in Arizona are concerned about one mineral added to the list – uranium. Areas near the Grand Canyon are known to

The protected area includes 230 acres of cottonwood-willow forest along the Verde River corridor. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Arizona's Verde River provides water to many rural communities and about 3 million people in the Phoenix area. This week, groups reached a deal to protect a portion of the river. Amid a years-long drought, a diverse set of public and private groups are teaming up to ensu

The Harshaw cemetery in southern Arizona is one of just three places where Patagonia eyed silkmoths are found. (Dedhed1950/Flickr)

TUCSON, Ariz. – A rare, orange-colored moth is the center of a new legal fight in Arizona. Three groups have filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over concerns about the Patagonia eyed silkmoth. The moth is only known to live in one small ghost town cem

The Santa Rita Mountains, south of Tucson, have cultural significance to Native American tribes. They also contain major untapped copper deposits. (Heather Zozaya/Flickr)

TUCSON, Ariz. – For more than a decade, Native American tribes in Arizona have voiced their opposition to a proposed copper mine in the southern part of the state. Now, three tribes are joining together to bring the fight to court. The Tohono O'odham Nation, and the Pascua Yaqui and Hopi tri

Phoenix's dry, warm climate historically made it a haven for people with respiratory ailments, but now that heat and sunshine are contributing to dangerous smog levels. (Edward Blake/Flickr)

PHOENIX - Phoenix again ranks among the top 10 smoggiest cities in America, according to a report released today by the American Lung Association. Arizona's largest metropolitan area is eighth in the nation for high ozone pollution, or smog. The ALA gives Maricopa County a failing grade for ozone,

Growing barley used for brewing beer has greater appeal to farmers because it sells at higher prices than barley used as feed grain. (Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr)

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – The Verde River, which flows through central Arizona, is a critical source of water in this arid state. So, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona looked for a strategy to reduce demand on the river, especially in low-flowing summer months. The answer is beer - or at least, th

The Mexican gray wolf was almost eliminated from the wild by the 1970s, but a court ruling this week could help ensure its comeback in the Southwest. (Larry Lamsa/Flickr)

PHOENIX - Environmental groups in the Southwest are celebrating a district court ruling this week on management of endangered Mexican gray wolves. A federal judge found that guidelines set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2015 "failed to further the conservation of the Mexican wolf." Tim Pr

Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally earned an 11 percent rating on the latest Environmental Scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters. (McSally.house.gov)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The annual League of Conservation Voters environmental scorecard is out – and all five of Arizona's Republican U.S. House members and both senators scored 11 percent or less. The League looked at how each lawmaker voted in 2017 and found Representatives Paul Gosar, Dav

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