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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2019 


Public impeachment hearings in Washington; dreamers protest in Texas; roadless wilderness areas possibly at risk around the country; and an ozone indicating garden, at the North Carolina Governor's Mansion.

2020Talks - November 13, 2019 


Supreme Court hears DACA arguments, and likely will side with the Trump administration, but doesn't take up a gun manufacturer's appeal. Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford drops out of presidential race; and former President Jimmy Carter recovers from brain surgery.

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Public News Service - AZ: Water

The Grand Falls, also known as Chocolate Falls, are a major feature of the 338-mile Little Colorado River in northern Arizona. (EasyArts/Adobe Stock)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Conservation groups say a proposal to build dams along Arizona's Little Colorado River could trigger an environmental disaster. A Phoenix-based company has filed for a permit to construct two dams that would generate power through a process known as pumped hydro storage. It

The Glen Canyon Dam towers 710 feet above the original Colorado River channel, producing hydroelectric power and impounding Lake Powell as a water storage reservoir. (Jason/Adobe Stock)

PAGE, Ariz. – A trio of conservation groups is suing the federal government to force it to use climate science in its management of Glen Canyon Dam and the upper Colorado River. In the suit, the groups are asking a federal judge to invalidate a 2016 Bureau of Reclamation environmental study,

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

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

An extended drought has caused the water levels in Lake Mead near Las Vegas to drop more than 100 feet since 2000. (alexfamous/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

PHOENIX – Starting next year, Arizona will get a smaller allotment of water from the Colorado River Basin, which could eventually mean homeowners and businesses will pay higher utility bills. That's a major concern for low-income Arizonans who already pay a significant amount of their income

Arizona has seen the second highest rate of solar power growth in the nation over the past decade. (Flickr)

PHOENIX – Renewable energy has grown significantly in the last decade across the U.S., including in Arizona, according to a new report by Environment America. The research and advocacy group says the U.S. has increased use of solar and wind power since 2008, and sales of electric vehicles co

The protected area includes 230 acres of cottonwood-willow forest along the Verde River corridor. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Arizona's Verde River provides water to many rural communities and about 3 million people in the Phoenix area. This week, groups reached a deal to protect a portion of the river. Amid a years-long drought, a diverse set of public and private groups are teaming up to ensu

Growing barley used for brewing beer has greater appeal to farmers because it sells at higher prices than barley used as feed grain. (Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr)

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – The Verde River, which flows through central Arizona, is a critical source of water in this arid state. So, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona looked for a strategy to reduce demand on the river, especially in low-flowing summer months. The answer is beer - or at least, th

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Canyon Uranium Mine near Grand Canyon National Park can proceed without updating its 1986 permit, but also upheld the 2012 ban on new mines. (Bret Fanshaw/Environment America)

PHOENIX – Environmental groups and Native American tribes fighting uranium mining on the rim of the Grand Canyon are praising a federal court's decision on Tuesday to uphold a 20-year ban on new mines, while acknowledging that the area still is at great risk. A panel of judges on the 9th Cir

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