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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public appearance and running mates. President Trump called Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for baseless conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - AZ: Public Lands/Wilderness

Conservation groups say they fear construction of a border wall across the San Pedro River could cause flooding during the rainy season and block a migration route for endangered animals. (Flickr)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Conservation groups say the federal government is building a stretch of the border wall that could block the San Pedro River, where it flows north from Mexico into Arizona. The San Pedro is the last free-flowing stream in the Sonoran Desert, and the groups have said plans to extend

Advocates say discriminatory practices historically have limited Latino access to America's parks and public lands, negatively affecting their overall health and well-being. (Monart/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Conservation and public health groups are calling on Latinos to take action to preserve public lands and combat climate change. Groups such as the Hispanic Access Foundation are specifically calling for Latinos to push for final passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. That leg

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

One group involved with the campaign to keep ADEQ from assuming authority over the Clean Water Act was Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, Tucson-based activists fighting to keep an open-pit copper mine from operating in the mountain region. (mdurson/AdobeStock)

TUCSON, Ariz. – Conservation groups are applauding the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's decision to not pursue authority over a key provision of the federal Clean Water Act. Fifteen groups, tribal nations, cities and counties raised objections during the public comment period to

The Ironwood National Forest in one of dozens of tracts of public lands in Arizona managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. (BLM)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Conservation groups are apprehensive over the appointment of William Perry Pendley, a longtime advocate of selling public lands, as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management. The groups want him removed from office. Pendley, formerly with the conservative Mountain S

There may be only two or three jaguars left in Arizona. The big cats' range is in the Sonoran Desert in northern Mexico and southern Arizona, but due to hunting and habitat destruction, few have been observed in the past several years. (Wikimedia Commons)

TUCSON, Ariz. – Conservation groups say Trump administration changes to the Endangered Species Act could affect some rare Arizona animals in a major way. The new rules proposed by the U.S. Interior Department make it easier to remove a species from the list and weaken protections for threaten

Conservation groups are suing the BLM to halt oil and gas leases in northern Arizona, saying more current and thorough environmental review is needed. (AdobeStock)

HOLBROOK, Ariz. – A coalition of environmental groups has sued the Bureau of Land Management for issuing oil and gas leases in northern Arizona. Together, the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians are asking a federal district judge to invalidate leases on 4,200

Tens of thousands of grizzly bears used to range from northern Mexico to Alaska, but unregulated hunting has reduced their number to less than 2,000, putting them on the Endangered Species List. (National Park Service)

TUCSON, Ariz. – An Arizona-based conservation group is suing the Trump administration to force it to update the federal recovery plan for grizzly bears. According to the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, grizzlies currently range in and around Yellowstone and Glacier national parks

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