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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - AZ: Environment

The city of Phoenix has purchased two Nissan Leafs and two Chevy Bolts through a nationwide program aimed at helping cities buy electric vehicles. (Noya Fields/Flickr)

PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix has four new electric vehicles in its municipal fleet, and could invest in many more. Phoenix is one of several cities around the country that has committed to combating climate change through the Climate Mayors coalition. In a new initiative, known as the Clima

Hunting, poaching and habitat destruction reduced the world population of California condors to fewer than two dozen by the 1980s. (a2gk3/Flickr)

PAGE, Ariz. – Arizonans this month have a chance to join in celebrating an endangered species success story. There were only around 22 California condors left in the world in the 1980s. They're still critically endangered and face a number of environmental and man-made threats. But, thanks

As of 2016, the Navajo Generating Station was the 11th biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Eflon/Flickr)

PAGE, Ariz. – Members of the Navajo Nation are in New York City Monday to call attention to the fate of the biggest coal power plant in the West. The Navajo Generating Station in Northern Arizona is set to close next year. But New York investment firm Avenue Capital Group is considering buyi

Arizona has seen the second highest rate of solar power growth in the nation over the past decade. (Flickr)

PHOENIX – Renewable energy has grown significantly in the last decade across the U.S., including in Arizona, according to a new report by Environment America. The research and advocacy group says the U.S. has increased use of solar and wind power since 2008, and sales of electric vehicles co

Ironwood Tree Experience's American Experience program takes Arizona teens hiking and backpacking through iconic western landscapes. (Flickr)

TUCSON, Ariz. — What's the best way to ensure a future with healthy, sustainable communities? For one Arizona nonprofit, the answer was obvious: train young people to take care of the environment. Nine Arizona teenagers recently returned from a two-week trip through Arizona and southern Colo

The Arizona National Scenic Trail is just one of many projects supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A federal fund that helps protect national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public spaces around the country is set to expire 100 days from Friday. Arizona business owners, outdoor enthusiasts and lawmakers are asking Congress to renew the program. For more than 50 years,

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

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