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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - AZ: Water

The planned Navajo Energy Storage Station would use water from Lake Powell on the Arizona-Utah border to generate hydropower and sell it to cities in Arizona, California and Nevada. (TebNad/Adobe Stock)

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PAGE, Ariz. -- Federal regulators have issued a preliminary permit for a pumped-hydropower project using water from Lake Powell, but conservation groups say climate change could make the plan unsustainable. The project would pump water from the lake, drain it downhill to a generator, and send the p

The Central Arizona Project uses a network of hundreds of miles of pipelines and canals to distribute water from the Colorado River Basin to customers across the state. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Colorado River is the lifeblood of the American West, but the viability of the massive river basin is being threatened by climate change. To plan future water use in the region -- which includes Arizona -- the Central Arizona Project is teaming up with NASA and Arizona State

Conservation groups say they fear construction of a border wall across the San Pedro River could cause flooding during the rainy season and block a migration route for endangered animals. (Flickr)

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Conservation groups say the federal government is building a stretch of the border wall that could block the San Pedro River, where it flows north from Mexico into Arizona. The San Pedro is the last free-flowing stream in the Sonoran Desert, and the groups have said plans to extend

Because of the ongoing pandemic, most Earth Day events this year will be held online, but organizers plan to stay true to the event's goals of improving the climate, air and water on Planet Earth. (NASA/AdobeStock)<br />

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is coming up this week, but Arizonans and others will not be marking the occasion in the usual way. The pandemic and social distancing have forced most of the events to go online. But organizers say their original intent - to spur people into a

Over the past decade, the Arizona Efficiency Standard has provided utility customers with rebates for items such as air conditioner repairs and upgrades, home insulation and smart thermostats. (LisaYoung/AdobeStock)

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Corporation Commission has received high marks for many of its recent policies benefiting the state's ratepayers. But as the commission, which regulates the state's public utilities, opens a two-day workshop on energy rules this week, the state's Energy Efficiency Standard pro

The Verde River runs 190 miles from Arizona's Chino Valley to the Phoenix metropolitan area, providing drinking water, irrigation and recreation for more than 3 million Arizonans. (JonManjeot/AdobeStock)

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COTTONWOOD, Ariz. - Conservationists say a first-of-its-kind report on Arizona's Verde River Watershed provides a clear road map to restoring the iconic stream's ecosystem. The Nature Conservancy and Friends of the Verde River - along with other stakeholders - produced the report, which gives the

One group involved with the campaign to keep ADEQ from assuming authority over the Clean Water Act was Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, Tucson-based activists fighting to keep an open-pit copper mine from operating in the mountain region. (mdurson/AdobeStock)

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Conservation groups are applauding the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's decision to not pursue authority over a key provision of the federal Clean Water Act. Fifteen groups, tribal nations, cities and counties raised objections during the public comment period to

A recent report finds that 2 millions Americans do not have access to running water and basic indoor plumbing. (ChepkoDanit/AdobeStock) <br /><br /><br />

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APACHE COUNTY, Ariz. - A report finds that several regions across the United States, including the Navajo Nation, lack access to clean water in many of their homes. The study finds six areas that face a water crisis where running water or basic indoor plumbing is not available. The study, Closi

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