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PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2020 


Virginia declares a state of emergency ahead of a pro-gun rally as the nation pauses to celebrate MLK Day.

2020Talks - January 20, 2020 


The New York Times endorsed Senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of MN. Plus, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, candidates spoke at a forum about protecting democracy, "a decade after Citizens United."

Public News Service - CA: Environment

Los Angeles, CA - The Southern California wildfires have many asking how wild lands can be better managed to prevent more fires. Jon Keeley with the U.S. Geological Survey says what works in other parts of the state won't work in Southern California, where most of the region is covered with a dense

Maybe "Smokey the Bear" was wrong after all. Wildfire expert Dr. Reese Halter says in fact, preventing forest fires may eventually cause more intense fires. In the wake of the firestorm that already has burned more than a half-million areas in Southern California, Halter says without new policies to

Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize win may help California get a prize of its own –- a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. State officials say they're prepared to go to court today to force the EPA to allow the state to enact its own, stricter rules about greenhouse gas pollution. D

The deadline is approaching for several bills dealing with toxic toys and a cleaner environment, and they're all awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger's action. His hesitation may be the result of intensive lobbying from industries, after a spate of recent reports about dangerous toys. Rico Mastrodonato

A federal judge in Vermont says states have the power to require vehicle manufacturers to reduce tailpipe pollution. It's a victory for California, where a state law already requires new cars' emission systems to pollute less. Automakers say it can't be done quickly or inexpensively, but the Union o

Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods. It's been a busy season for natural disasters this year, and a California humanitarian group is on the front lines. Mercy Corps is standing by to assist Hurricane Dean survivors, and has just arrived in Peru, the site of last week's earthquake that displaced 80,000.

A wildfire expert is calling for some creative thinking to prevent repeat fire seasons like the one California is seeing this year. Global Forest Science president Dr. Reese Halter says warming temperatures, prolonged drought, and decades of putting out all fires have ushered in a fire cycle that wo

Pollution is causing too many "no swimming" days at California beaches, according to a new report. The study found a near-record high for bacterial contamination, despite less natural run-off into the ocean due to drought, with the worst water quality at Avalon and Venice State Beaches. Hamlet Paole

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