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PNS Daily Newscast - December 7, 2018 


Democrat Dan McCready takes back his concession in the still-undecided race for Congress in North Carolina. Also, on the Friday rundown: California moves to provide Medi-Cal for undocumented immigrants, and tighter immigration enforcement might make it harder to find a Christmas tree.

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Public News Service - AZ: Urban Planning/Transportation

Climate scientists and elected officials are looking for way to reduce the

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Government leaders and climate scientists are looking for ways to mitigate temperatures in the Phoenix area's so-called "heat island." Public health officials say more than 150 deaths were attributed to the intense heat this summer, a number that has risen steadily for the p

The city of Phoenix has purchased two Nissan Leafs and two Chevy Bolts through a nationwide program aimed at helping cities buy electric vehicles. (Noya Fields/Flickr)

PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix has four new electric vehicles in its municipal fleet, and could invest in many more. Phoenix is one of several cities around the country that has committed to combating climate change through the Climate Mayors coalition. In a new initiative, known as the Clima

A new analysis shows that when SUVs, pickups and crossovers increased gas mileage 15 percent, sales shot up 70 percent. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

PHOENIX – The Trump administration has proposed rolling back fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles in the United States, but a new report indicates that's not what consumers in Arizona or the rest of the country want. The analysis by the Consumer Federation of America showed that between 201

More than $500 million in maintenance repairs are needed in Arizona's National Park sites. (Grand Canyon National Park/Flickr)

PHOENIX – National Parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion, are beloved American visitors sites, but they also face an $11.6 billion backlog in maintenance issues. Now, there's growing bipartisan support to fix the National Parks. The spending backlog includes more than $500 millio

Phoenix Police report the city has seen 40 pedestrian deaths so far in 2018, on track to surpass the 56 pedestrian deaths recorded in all of 2017. (Casey Fiesler/Flickr)

PHOENIX - Arizona has a long reputation as a popular state for retirement, and as the Baby Boomer generation ages and people live longer, the state is likely to see more residents who don't drive. Their advocates say it's important that the state do more to consider the safety of older pedestrians.

Arizona is the most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians. (mrhayata/Flickr)

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Arizona's recent self-driving Uber fatality highlights another problem: the state is a dangerous place to walk. Arizona has the most pedestrian fatalities per capita of any U.S. state, according to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Arizona State

Conservation and health advocates warn that Congress is working to gut environmental regulations that protect Arizona's air and water. (mmainco/morguefile)

PHOENIX – Public health and environmental groups warn that low-income Arizonans will be at greater risk for respiratory problems and heart disease linked to pollution if the new Congress guts environmental and health regulations. The House of Representatives went back into session last week,

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)

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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