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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 

Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.

2020Talks - September 25, 2020 

Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - AZ: Cultural Resources

PHOENIX - A new open-pit copper mine proposed for 30 miles southeast of Tucson could dramatically lower the area's water table, by hundreds of feet. That's the key finding of a new report by Dr. Waite Osterkamp, a retired hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Osterkamp says the bottom of th

TUCSON, Ariz. - In the wake of the 2011 Tucson shootings, the extended family of victim Gabe Zimmerman formed the BEYOND coalition, with the goal of making sure the community's positive response to the tragedy is remembered. On Saturday, to mark the incident's first anniversary, the group will put o

PHOENIX - Failure to protect Western national parks, monuments and wilderness areas will cost the Rocky Mountain region its competitive economic edge. That's the stark message in a letter to President Obama from more than 100 economists and academics. Ray Rasker of Headwaters Economics is one of t

PHOENIX - The Bureau of Land Management is mostly on track with its plan to designate appropriate sites for large-scale solar-power plants in six Western states, conservation groups say. Out of 24 "solar energy zones" in the West, a new Wilderness Society report brings up serious issues with only t

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Small businesses across Arizona are urging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to follow through on a proposed 20-year moratorium on new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon. A letter to Salazar signed by dozens of Arizona business associations, and postcards signed by more than 200 sm

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has approved a master site plan for a Northern Arizona regional shooting range near Flagstaff's Walnut Canyon National Monument. The location is controversial because gunfire from the range would be heard by visitors to the canyon and its ancie

PHOENIX - Some of Arizona's state parks could be privatized under a recommendation expected from a state cost-cutting commission. But park system advocates warn such a move could actually raise costs while reducing services. Arizona State Parks Foundation Director Cristie Statler worries that priva

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Wilderness advocates from at least 17 states, including Arizona, gather in the nation's capital Sunday to mark Wilderness Week. Their main focus will be asking U.S. Senators and Representatives to consider action to preserve wildlands in their home states for future generations. K

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