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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


2020Talks - September 25, 2020 


Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - CA: Environment

Can a fish raised in an underwater pen with thousands of other fish be sold as "organic?" That's the issue being 'reeled in' this week by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an advisory panel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The NOSB is considering whether "farmed" fish should qualify

First came the oil spill, now the threat of the oil drill. The San Francisco Bay oil spill couldn't have come at a worse time for millions of ducks, geese and other birds that migrate annually from Alaska to warmer climates in California. Those same birds now face another oil threat, but it's on the

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.

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