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PNS Daily Newscast - June 26, 2019 


Mueller to testify in open session; migrant children returned to troubled detention center; plus ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and seeking justice for Native Americans killed at Wounded Knee.

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Public News Service - AZ: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

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

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

Aerial surveys show major damage to piņon 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

U.S. military veterans, many with PTSD and other emotional difficulties, find the camaraderie of exploring wilderness areas cathartic. (Pixabay)

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A group of military veterans - including a representative from Arizona - are in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with members of Congress about preserving America's wilderness areas. The veterans delivered letters urging members to pass a package of bills aimed at protec

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

More than $500 million in maintenance repairs are needed in Arizona's National Park sites. (Grand Canyon National Park/Flickr)

PHOENIX – National Parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion, are beloved American visitors sites, but they also face an $11.6 billion backlog in maintenance issues. Now, there's growing bipartisan support to fix the National Parks. The spending backlog includes more than $500 millio

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