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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 


The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also on the Thursday rundown: New York sues the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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Public News Service - AZ: Animal Welfare

PHOTO: Abandoning horses and some other animals would no longer be a crime in Arizona if Gov. Doug Ducey signs a bill that has passed the House and Senate. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

PHOENIX - Animal-rights advocates are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to veto a bill that reduces, and in some cases eliminates, criminal penalties for acts of animal-cruelty involving livestock. The action follows approval of House Bill 2150 in the House and Senate. Martha German, is president of Ariz

PHOTO: Cruel or fun? Protesters at this weekend's annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival say they believe the ostrich races are harmful to the animals and dangerous for human riders. Photo courtesy Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Racing ostriches is harmful to the animals and potentially dangerous to humans. That's the view of Tina Riedel, who is among the organizers of a protest planned at the 27th Annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Park on Sunday. Riedel said there are concerns both f

PHOTO: Bats are helpful to Arizona farmers and people in general, despite being a mainstay among the Halloween creatures that may cause fear in some people. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

PHOENIX - Halloween is just a couple of days away, and bats may be among the creepy creatures meant to cause fright - but the little animals actually help Arizona farmers and people. Lynda Lambert, public information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said bats feast on insects. "Th

PHOTO: Dogs can be adopted for as little as $20 at the Arizona Humane Society throughout October during

PHOENIX - Arizonans are being encouraged to consider adding a new member to the family during "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," running throughout October. Bretta Nelson, public relations manager with the Arizona Humane Society, says her organization is holding special events throughout the month to pro

PHOTO: Over 500,000 acres of public land in several western states could receive protections from the federal government for the yellow-billed cuckoo, which is also being considered for endangered species designation. Photo credit: Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program.

TUCSON, Ariz. - The federal government is moving to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of public land in Arizona and several other western states that the yellow-billed cuckoo bird calls home. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate over 500,000 acres as critical habitat fo

PHOTO: The narrow-headed garter snake and the northern Mexican garter snake, which live in Arizona and New Mexico, are now officially listed as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

TUCSON, Ariz. - Two snake species that call areas of Arizona and New Mexico home are now officially listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Colette Adkins Giese, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, says the narrow-headed garter snake and northern Mexican garter snak

PHOTO: Opponents of a huge open-pit copper mine proposed for southeast of Tucson say it would impact the area’s fragile water supply, damaging features such as Cienega Creek. Photo credit: Pima County Regional Flood Control District.

PHOENIX - Approval for a vast open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains 30 miles southeast of Tucson is expected soon from the U.S. Forest Service, but the Rosemont Mine faces several more regulatory hurdles before construction could begin. Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defen

PHOTO: Lawsuit filed to get arsenic out of animal feed.<br />Courtesy: USDA

PHOENIX – The Food and Drug Administration is facing a lawsuit because it continues to allow arsenic in animal feed given to chickens, turkeys and hogs. The suit was filed on behalf of a handful of advocacy groups, including the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Dr. David Walling

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