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PNS Daily Newscast - May 25, 2018 


President Trump scraps planned talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Also on our Friday rundown: California lawmakers support and emergency hotline for foster kids; and boating is a booming business in states like Minnesota.

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Public News Service - CA: Endangered Species & Wildlife

The Trump administration wants to upend a plan to protect the Southern California desert that took 8 years to negotiate. (bigwest1/iStockphoto)

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Tomorrow is the last day to register your opinion on whether or not to reopen the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan, which set aside land for solar, wind and geothermal development as well as for wildlife habitat and ATV use. The land-use plan covers mo

Experts say sea otters keep sea urchins from ravaging kelp forests, maintaining habitat for fish. (Kconnors/Morguefile)

PASADENA, Calif. – A big win for southern sea otters, as a federal judge on the 9th Circuit in Pasadena ruled Thursday that the feds do not have to reinstate a failed policy of "No Otter Zones" that had been put in place to protect commercial fishing interests. Representatives of the sea urc

Conservation groups say new offshore oil drilling on the Pacific coast would be especially harmful to whales, seals and sea lions. (BOEM)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration has proposed opening up almost all federal waters to oil and gas drilling, including the California coast – and the one and only public hearing in the state takes place Thursday afternoon in Sacramento. A coalition of opposition groups is p

Scientists say they've encountered many emaciated sea-lion pups in recent years due to dwindling anchovy and sardine fisheries, primary food sources for sea lions. (Oceana)

MONTEREY, Calif. — A conservation group is declaring victory, as a U.S. District Court judge in Northern California has ruled that the federal government's allowable catch for northern anchovies, set in November, is far too high. The Pacific Fishery Management Council will now have to revise

A new report highlights the threats fishing nets pose to sea turtles, which will continue in California now that the feds have withdrawn a proposed rule designed to protect them. (NOAA)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The federal government is harming endangered species by disregarding the science when making political decisions, according to a new report. The study, Suppressed: How Politics Drowned out Science for Ten Endangered Species, cites as its first example a decision in June

The fate of the sage grouse is intertwined with hundreds of other high-desert species across the Great Basin, from California to Montana. (twildlife/IStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management holds a public hearing tonight in the Northern California town of Alturas, about potential changes that could allow more drilling and mining on land currently protected as habitat for sage grouse. The bird is considered a sentinel species whos

A new report shows that Asian and white children in California score significantly higher on measures of well-being compared to American Indian, Latino and African American kids. (Latino Outdoors)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California has improved child well-being significantly since 2014 - but still needs to shrink the severe racial disparities that persist, according to a new report. The "2017 Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation comes out every three years and the la

The Monarch butterfly thrives among flowering plants like milkweed. (Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Monarch butterflies have declined by 90 percent over 20 years, felled by pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat. They're considered a sentinel species, whose fate mirrors that of many insects. Now, backers of a program to greatly expand all pollinators' range say it's about

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