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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

Birds caught in oil spills would no longer trigger fines for oil companies if the Trump administration finalizes its proposed changes to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. (USFWS)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Conservation groups are speaking out against a move yesterday by the Trump administration to remove penalties for companies whose business activities incidentally kill birds. The U.S. Interior Department is finalizing a change to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, or MBTA, first a

California's emission standards are the toughest in the nation for cutting emissions of carbon and other pollutants to combat climate change. (Olando/Adobe Stock)

LOS ANGELES -- A new poll suggests carmakers that support the Trump administration's attempt to roll back clean-car emission standards may be undermining their standing with their customers. Toyota, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Subaru, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi support the feds i

Bakersfield's large oil fields contribute to poor air quality that plagues the region. (Mark Rose/National Parks Conservation Assoc.)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Nine conservation groups have just filed suit against the Trump administration, in an attempt to stop a plan to open up more than a million acres of public land in Central California to drilling and fracking. The lawsuit claims the Bureau of Land Management violated the Nation

The BLM has opened up an additional 1 million acres to potential drilling, including a parcel adjacent to Los Osos Middle School near Morro Bay. (Rebecca August/Los Padres ForestWatch)<br /><br />

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. – The Trump administration on Thursday took the final step to allow oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres of federal public land on California's central coast and San Joaquin Valley, despite a flood of public comment in opposition. The Bureau of Land Manage

Ford has signed an agreement with the state of California to voluntarily lower emissions and produce more electric vehicles, such as the Mach-E. (Consumer Reports)

LOS ANGELES – Clean cars are a hot topic at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, even though consumer watchdogs claim some car makers are playing a double game. The car companies are touting their "green" vehicles at the same time they support President Donald Trump's decision to loosen federa

The California condor is one of the Golden State's best known endangered species. (USWFS)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Federal agencies are downplaying the effects of climate change on endangered species, according to a report out today. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, looked at 459 animals and found that although climate change affects all but one of the species

California's higher vehicle-emissions standards have significantly lessened smog pollution. (Jackiebabe/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Clean-air advocates are speaking out after the Trump administration yesterday formally revoked a waiver that allows California to have higher vehicle emissions standards than those set by the federal government. The Environmental Protection Agency claims new cars with fe

Vernal pools like this one will lose federal protections as the EPA withdraws the WOTUS rule.(California Native Plant Society)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration gutted Obama-era water protections on Thursday – and now, conservation groups are pushing harder than ever for a bill to reinstate them in California. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally repealed the Waters of the United St

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