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PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 


The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 1, 2020 


Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma all finished up their elections Tuesday, and Medicaid expansion in OK appears to have passed. And, a Supreme Court ruling could open the door for more public money to religious institutions.

Public News Service - CA: Environment

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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