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PNS Daily Newscast - June 27, 2019 


More time on the ground for the Boeing 737 MAX. Also, on our Thursday rundown: a diverse group to tackle salmon recovery. Plus, summer bees are buzzing, but for how long?

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Public News Service - AZ: Environment

By meeting energy efficiency standards set by state regulators, Arizona utilities cut millions of dollars from electric bills and improved the state's air quality and public health. (EpicStockMedia/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

PHOENIX – Consumer advocates are encouraging the Arizona Corporation Commission to be results-oriented when it sets the state's next energy efficiency standard. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says between 2010 and 2017, every single dollar of ratepayer money invest

Saguaro National Park, home to Arizona's iconic cactus species, is among the state resources that make use of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (WikimediaCommons)

PHOENIX - Congress could vote its final approval next week on a package of public-lands bills that includes permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The popular federal program, which easily passed in the Senate last week, uses funds from drilling leases to support everything

About 8 in 10 Arizonans in a new poll said the state needs to develop its own renewable energy sources rather than relying on imported coal, natural gas and oil. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – A new poll shows an overwhelming majority of Arizonans support the growing use of clean and renewable energy in the state. The survey, from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, found that voters see those issues as important to growing jobs and the Arizona eco

Arizona distributes drinking water though hundreds of miles of canals from the Colorado River basin. (Wikimedia Commons)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Arizona voters expressed strong opinions in a new poll on such issues as climate change, protecting public lands and outdoor recreation. In the ninth annual Conservation in the West Poll from Colorado College, two-thirds of voters polled in eight Western states identified

Bertram’s stonecrop is a rare blooming succulent found in the wetlands of the Patagonia Mountains and the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona. (Flickr)

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - A conservation group has given notice it intends to sue the federal Department of the Interior for failing to make decisions about protecting 26 animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Se

Aerial surveys show major damage to piñon pines on the Huachuca Mountains inside the Fort Huachuca military installation in southeast Arizona. (U.S. Forest Service)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The latest assessment of forests across Arizona showed unexpectedly large areas of dead or dying trees. Aerial surveys conducted by the U.S. Forest Service in mid-2018 found about 1.7 million acres of ponderosa pine, piñon, and juniper trees with yellowing, red or brown

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah in May 2017. He later recommended its acreage be reduced by 75 percent. (U.S. Dept. of Interior)<br /><br />

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Conservation groups welcome the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, saying it could take years to reverse the damage to America's public lands during his time in office. President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the former Navy SEAL and U.S. representative fro

Energy efficiency inspections can save ratepayers hundreds of dollars a year on their electric bills. (Kossens/WikimediaCommons)

PHOENIX – Consumer advocates are calling for the Arizona Corporation Commission to restore and increase funding for energy efficiency programs at two of the state's major power utilities. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says the programs represent a major benefit fo

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