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PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 


Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - AZ: Public Lands/Wilderness

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Endangered Mexican gray wolves are making somewhat of a comeback along the Arizona-New Mexico border. Federal wildlife officials tallied 50 wolves in January's annual count, up from 42 a year earlier. Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defenders of Wildlife, says it's pr

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona Game and Fish Department has written to the state's congressional delegation, urging removal of the Mexican gray wolf from federal Endangered Species Act protection. The department argues Arizona could take over the Mexican wolf recovery program and operate it more effici

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Flagstaff has joined five Arizona tribes in opposition to uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. The city council has voted 6-1 to support a 20-year moratorium on new mines proposed by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Arizona Wildlife Federation president Tom Mackin

PHOENIX - Some of Arizona's state parks could be privatized under a recommendation expected from a state cost-cutting commission. But park system advocates warn such a move could actually raise costs while reducing services. Arizona State Parks Foundation Director Cristie Statler worries that priva

TUCSON, Ariz. - A bill in Congress would exempt Border Patrol agents from observing federal rules protecting public lands along the border. Sponsor Rob Bishop of Utah says the rules hinder national security. But a new report states the contrary: that collaboration among federal land management agenc

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Wilderness advocates from at least 17 states, including Arizona, gather in the nation's capital Sunday to mark Wilderness Week. Their main focus will be asking U.S. Senators and Representatives to consider action to preserve wildlands in their home states for future generations. K

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Proposition 110 on the November ballot would amend the Arizona constitution to permit land swaps between the state and federal governments. The purpose for the exchange could be land conservation or to protect the state's military bases from encroaching development that can contribu

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program along the Arizona-New Mexico border is moving into a new phase, with a program compensating ranchers for wolf-caused livestock losses being taken over by the federal government. Meanwhile, Craig Miller, Southwest representative with Defe

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