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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - AZ: Animal Welfare

The Mexican gray wolf is one of several endangered species that would have its habitat reduced and fragmented if the U.S.-Mexico border wall is completed. (Roni/Adobe Stock)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

PHOENIX -- A coalition of conservation groups is suing the Trump administration to stop border-wall construction in Arizona and other states that border Mexico. The groups are trying to halt the transfer of $7.2 billion from the Defense Department for construction. They're also challenging the lega

A rare Sonoran ocelot was photographed by a remote camera recently in southeastern Arizona. (ConservationCATalyst)

DOUGLAS, Ariz. — While there are plenty of arguments over whether a wall should be built along the U.S.-Mexico border, the issue has become life and death for the endangered Sonoran ocelot. Conservationists say a rare and wild ocelot was filmed by a remote sensor camera recently in an isolat

Endangered ocelots have expanded their territory in Arizona, so advocates sued to get federal agencies to study ways to avoid accidentally killing them when targeting coyotes.(Tom Smylie/USFWS)

TUCSON, Ariz. – In a victory for conservation groups, a federal judge in Tucson has approved a settlement that forces the federal government to figure out how to avoid accidentally killing endangered ocelots. Wildlife Services, a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, regularly l

Bringing Jaguars Back to the U.S. Southwest (Defenders of Wildlife and the UCLA Dept. of Geography)

PHOENIX – Jaguars once roamed much of the southwest but now, there are only three thought to be living in the U.S., all in Arizona, according to a new report. The group Defenders of Wildlife has analyzed the Jaguar Draft Recovery Plan released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Decembe

A jaguar walks past a trail camera in the Dos Cabezas Mountains in November. (Bureau of Land Management)

PHOENIX - A new jaguar sighting in Arizona is raising lots of questions. It's the third big cat caught on camera prowling the state since 2012. The photo is little more than a glimpse, a partial image of a jaguar wandering the Dos Cabezas mountains, but it was enough for wildlife experts to know th

The California condor is one of 65 endangered species in Arizona. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

PHOENIX -- Conservation groups are vowing to intervene in a new lawsuit filed against the federal government by the attorneys general of 18 states, including Arizona. The suit seeks to invalidate some rules added to the Endangered Species Act by the Obama Administration. The rules limit developmen

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a long-term recovery plan for the endangered ocelot. (eli77/iStockphoto)

TUCSON, Ariz. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a recovery plan to restore and protect the endangered ocelot population, in both the U.S. and Mexico. Officials said they have only identified a handful of the rare cats remaining in limited areas of Arizona and Texas in recent years,

The Sierra Club is disputing the Arizona Game and Fish Departmentís claim that Grand Canyon uranium mining isnít harmful to the endangered California condor. (kojohirano/iStockphoto)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — The State of Arizona is demanding that the Sierra Club retract claims that California condors face danger from expanded uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. In a fundraising letter to supporters, Sierra Club National Executive Director Michael Brune said that expanding

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