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PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

Public News Service - CA: Environment

The carcass of the rufous hummingbird is stuffed and sold as an amulet or love charm. It's one species on a new list of illegally trafficked wildlife. (Avia 5/Pixabay)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new report calls for a crackdown on the booming illegal wildlife trade - activity that's been linked most recently to the spread of COVID-19. The Endangered Species Coalition's 2020 top 10 list of trafficked animals includes the pangolin, a mammal sold at the live-animal ma

Denny Khamphanthong, now with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, grew up near the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif. (Federica Armstrong/YES! Magazine)

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By Julia Rosen for Yes! Media. Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter - California News Service Reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service Collaboration NORTH RICHMOND, Calif. -- Growing up in North Richmond, California, Denny Khamphanthong didn't think much of the siren that wailed once a month

The Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif., is one of four that will be removed in 2023 as part of a new agreement. (Matthew Wier/CalTrout)

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HORNBROOK, Calif. -- The states of California and Oregon are stepping in to revive a Klamath River dam-removal project that has been in the works for ten years. On Tuesday, the states announced a deal with the hydroelectric dam operator, Pacific Corp., and the nonprofit Klamath River Renewal Corpor

Gas appliances in homes and buildings are responsible for almost a quarter of California's greenhouse gas emissions. (Donnie B/Morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Climate advocates are pressing the California Energy Commission (CEC) to ban natural gas in new construction, starting in 2022. The CEC updates building codes every three years. In December, the agency is expected to consider a less aggressive plan to offer developers pollutio

Smoke from the California wildfires has forced evacuations of medical facilities and caused an uptick in heart attacks and respiratory illness.(EllenD/iStockphoto)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- More than 4,300 doctors and nurses have just published an open letter to patients urging them to demand action on climate change. The letter, which is backed by 16 national and state-level medical organizations, declares that climate change is a health issue. Dr. Amanda Millst

Approval voting allows people to mark more than one candidate, and can boost the profile of single-issue candidates. (MargJohnson/Twenty20)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Groups that want more civil discourse in this country are building support for a different system of elections called approval voting - and they say it could boost the fight against climate change. In approval voting, people are asked to mark all the candidates they approve o

Two photos taken from the same East Bay window show the air-quality change in San Francisco Bay before and during the recent fires. (Janice Kirsch)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Public health experts say smoke from the wildfires choking California skies carries dangerous levels of particulate matter. Studies show firestorms drive a spike in visits to the emergency room -- especially among the elderly. Dr. Janice Kirsch is a medical oncologist trained

Courtney Kelley has successfully fought breast cancer twice, near where she says she used to carry her cell phone. (Courtney Kelley)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Cancer survivors are speaking out as they await the outcome of several lawsuits concerning radiation and cell phones. The suits challenge the Federal Communication Commission's radiation guidelines, the radio-frequency or 'RF' levels from cell phones, and safety notices requi

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