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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2019 


G-7 meeting may move to Camp David; conservation groups sound alarm about acting BLM chief; NC suit aims to change solitary confinement policy there; questions about Amazon Ring coordination with police; and microbes might help in earthquakes.

2020Talks - October 21, 2019 


2016 candidate Hillary Clinton says Russia is "grooming" Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for a third-party run. And Sen. Bernie Sanders has biggest Democratic campaign event this season so far.

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Public News Service - AZ: Public Lands/Wilderness

Conservation advocates say the San Pedro River may be endangered by a water bill passed this year, part of the reason most of the legislators received an F on the annual Sierra Club Environmental Report Card.(Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – The Sierra Club's annual Environmental Report Card is out for 2017 – and Gov. Doug Ducey and most of the Republican majority in the Legislature get a failing grade. The report singles out a water bill that gives the advantage to livestock interests over tribes and public land

A proposal to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has spurred competing legislation in Congress, and Arizonans are being asked to weigh in. (Micah Baird/Sierra Club)

PHOENIX – Alaska Natives are touring the Southwest this week, drumming up support for a bill in Congress to ban oil and gas drilling in parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Two women from the Gwich'in tribe spoke in Tucson yesterday and will speak in Phoenix today. They're showing a

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

Flaring or burning of natural gas means less royalties for government agencies and more energy wasted. (Bureau of Land Management)

PHOENIX – Efforts by the oil and gas industry to roll back an Obama-era environmental rule don't sit well with most Arizonans, according to a new poll. The energy industry wants Congress to kill a rule which reduces the amount of natural gas released or burned off at drilling sites on public

Advocates are pushing to save 'Planning 2.0,' a set of guidelines meant to foster more public input on the future of such federal lands as the Kaibab National Forest. (Michelle Vacchiano/iStockphoto)

FLAGSTAFF, Aziz. – As early as next week, the U.S. Senate could repeal some Bureau of Land Management guidelines known as "Planning 2.0.," that spell out the rules for including the public in planning the future of public lands. Advocates say these guidelines are needed, but since they took ef

Today is Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol, which will host members of dozens of conservation groups. (gnagel/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Dozens of groups are part of today's Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol. They're visiting legislators to discuss such issues as conserving water, protecting air quality and ensuring access to public lands. Among the participants this year are 60 high-school students fro

Conservation groups oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, concerned he will roll back protections for places such as Kaibab National Forest.(Michele Vacchiano/iStock)

PHOENIX – For the first time in its 94-year history, the Arizona Wildlife Federation is taking a stand against a president's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. President Donald Trump has tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to become EPA administrator. Brad Powel

Civil rights activists are rallying today at the Arizona State Capitol. (United Against Hate Coalition)

PHOENIX – Several hundred people from the United Against Hate Coalition will attend a rally at the state Capitol today, the first day of the new legislative session. The rally, which they are calling the "People's State of the State Address," aims to push political leaders to stand up for ci

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