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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2019 


Signs that the Mueller Trump/Russia probe could wrap up in the next week. Also on our Thursday rundown: A death penalty repeal likely to pass in New England. Plus, cancer survivors rally for tougher smoking laws in Tennessee.

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PHOTO: Opponents of a huge open-pit copper mine proposed for southeast of Tucson say it would impact the area’s fragile water supply, damaging features such as Cienega Creek. Photo credit: Pima County Regional Flood Control District.

PHOENIX - Approval for a vast open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains 30 miles southeast of Tucson is expected soon from the U.S. Forest Service, but the Rosemont Mine faces several more regulatory hurdles before construction could begin. Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defen

PHOTO: Hazardous toys continue to be found on store shelves, according to a new report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. CREDIT: Microsoft Images.

PHOENIX - It still pays to be cautious when shopping for toys. A report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund describes several toys on the market that pose hazards ranging from toxins to choking. Spokeswoman Shaina Shay of PIRG warned that they are still finding toys with excessive le

PHOTO: Lawsuit filed to get arsenic out of animal feed.<br />Courtesy: USDA

PHOENIX – The Food and Drug Administration is facing a lawsuit because it continues to allow arsenic in animal feed given to chickens, turkeys and hogs. The suit was filed on behalf of a handful of advocacy groups, including the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Dr. David Walling

PHOENIX - Skies over several National Parks will be clearer and people in the Four Corners region will be healthier if a federal lawsuit filed Monday is successful. The National Parks Conservation Association and the Navajo environmental group Diné CARE are suing the EPA to speed up the retrofi

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PHOENIX - New uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River will be banned for the next 20 years, under a final decision announced by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Some one million acres of public lands to the north and south of the National Park are affected, though Salaz

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Unless lead ammunition is banned from Northern Arizona's Kaibab National Forest, conservation groups say, the Grand Canyon's magnificent California condors likely face extinction. Several groups, including the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, have given official notice of their int

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Hundreds of thousands of Americans, including 36 Arizona groups, have weighed in to support a federal proposal for a 20-year ban on new uranium mining claims on 1 million acres near Grand Canyon National Park. A public comment period has just ended. The Obama administration is expec

PHOENIX - Arizona Sen. John McCain's old aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Forrestal, now is to be recycled instead of being scuttled at sea. The U.S. Navy says three other carriers also will be recycled instead of dumping them in the ocean to create artificial reefs. Colby Self, Green Ship Recycling Ca

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