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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


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Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

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Consumer advocates say President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission is a former chemical industry lobbyist who specializes in cutting regulations. (gustavofrazao/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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PHOENIX, Ariz. - Consumer advocates in Arizona and elsewhere are expressing concern over the Trump administration's choice to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The nominee, Nancy Beck, is a longtime lobbyist for the American Chemistry Council, and has spent the past three years in Washi

Almost half the water taps tested in Arizona schools were found to have unsafe levels of lead. (Phase4Photography/AdobeStock)

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PHOENIX – A consumer advocacy group says Arizona school districts need to do more to protect students, after the state found unsafe levels of lead in almost half the water taps tested in schools. The most recent study based on data from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality cites da

Fine-particulate pollution mixes with smog to blanket downtown Phoenix in haze during a recent winter air inversion. (Wikimedia Commons)

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PHOENIX - Members of the grassroots group Moms Clean Air Force testified this week at the only public hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to roll back some air-pollution regulations. More than 30 moms from Arizona and 14 other states went to Washington, D.C., to voice their disap

The site of the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains is part of the watershed that replenishes the aquifer that serves Tucson. (Save the Scenic Santa Ritas)

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TUCSON, Ariz. – A coalition of conservation groups is suing the U.S. Forest Service over its approval of an open-pit copper mine 30 miles outside of Tucson. The groups contend that the Forest Service violated the Clean Water Act and other state and federal laws when it approved the Rosemont

The deadline arrives Thursday for the Senate to uphold or repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule. (Chris Jordan Bloch/Earthjustice)

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NAVAJO NATION -- A vote on whether to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule could come in the U.S. Senate in the next few days, and tribal leaders are stepping up to support the rule. The Methane Waste Rule requires oil and gas companies to install equipment to capture methane

Leaked letters from Dow Chemical executives indicate they've asked the Trump administration to scuttle studies critical of Dow pesticide products. (Wasan Gredpree/iStockphoto)

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TUCSON, Ariz. – An Arizona-based conservation group is raising questions about Dow Chemical's attempts to convince the Trump administration to drop studies that show its pesticides could harm endangered species. In a series of leaked letters, Dow executives ask Environmental Protection Agenc

The EPA has ordered two power plants in Utah to cut emissions that cause hazy pollution in national parks and wilderness areas, including Arizona’s Grand Canyon. (National Park Service)

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered two coal-fired power plants in central Utah to bring emissions up to federal clean air standards to protect national parks, including the Grand Canyon. The EPA acted in response to complaints from outdoor recreation companies in th

Getting traffic off the roadways is a key to cutting carbon pollution in major cities, according to a Frontier Group report released by Arizona PIRG. (kichigin/iStockphoto)

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PHOENIX - If you're stuck in traffic and breathing fumes from the car ahead of you, a new report outlines ways to cut carbon emissions from vehicles by more than half over the next couple of decades. Reducing carbon pollution is seen as a long-term goal by many urban planners, but the report says i

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