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PNS Daily Newscast - May 23, 2019 


Unsealed warrants show more than 1,000 phone and text contacts between Michael Cohen and a Russian business post-Election Day. Also on our Thursday rundown: More teachers moonlight due to low wages. Plus, get ready for Great Lakes Restoration phase three.

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Public News Service - CA: Environment

A new public-lands package would create a new South Fork Trinity-Mad River Special Restoration Area. (Jeff Morris/Pew Charitable Trusts)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – More than a million acres of public lands would be protected if three new bills just introduced in Congress become law. The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act would designate 245,000 acres of wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest and the Carrizo Plain Nati

Three gas-fired power plants in Long Beach, Calif., are now set to close within a decade. (Haymarket Rebel/Flickr)

LOS ANGELES – California this week took a huge step toward the goal of running entirely on renewable energy, as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced that it's retiring three natural gas power plants. The L.A. DWP, which is the largest municipal utility in the nation, says

Picketers in San Diego campaigned for the Green New Deal near the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter. (Raghavan

SAN DIEGO - Grassroots groups such as the Sunrise Movement and 350.org are mobilizing across California and the nation this week and next to promote the "Green New Deal," a 10-year-plan to fight climate change by weaning the country off of oil and gas. On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-

Federal protection for the tri-colored blackbird would hamper government eradication efforts designed to protect crops. (Monte M. Taylor/Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new lawsuit soon to be filed accuses the Trump administration of failing to make important decisions on the fates of dozens of species, including two in California: the tri-colored blackbird and the American wolverine. On Tuesday, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a n

Thousands of vernal pools, such as this one in California, will lose federal protection if a new version of the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Negative reaction from conservation groups was swift to a Trump administration proposal on Tuesday to remove federal clean-water protections from many smaller streams and wetlands. The Environmental Protection Agency announced a replacement for the Waters of the United St

The western bee, formerly one of the most widespread native bees, has lost 84 percent of its historic population. (Stephen Ausmus USDA/ARS)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Four types of California's native bumblebees could be wiped out if nothing is done, according to conservation groups that this week petitioned the state to put the bees on the state endangered species list. Experts say bees are in big trouble because habitat has been los

A new rule from the California Public Utilities Commission will require more inspections of gas distribution systems in order to reduce leaks. (Wikimedia Commons)

SAN FRANCISCO – The state's gas utility companies are going to have to spend about $300 million over the next three years to find, fix and prevent leaks of methane gas in their distribution systems – the result of a decision made by the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday.

The joint project addresses erosion and sediment issues that still affect wildlife in the Angles National Forest. (SWCA Environmental Consultants)

LOS ANGELES — It's been 16 years since the Copper Fire of 2002 ravaged parts of the Angles National Forest north of Santa Clarita, but damage remains. But a number of groups are working together to repair it. Fires affected the stream infrastructure and specific breeds of fish and frogs, but

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