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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump fixer Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: higher smoking rates causing some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - CA: Climate Change/Air Quality

Climate groups around California rallied last week in support of the lawsuit brought by children blaming the federal government for carbon in the atmosphere from oil and gas wells on public lands. (Bill Wellhouse)

SAN FRANCISCO — The trial is back on in the lawsuit brought by a group of 21 young people who are suing the federal government over global warming - after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a request from the administration to block it. Attorneys for the youths argue that the federal gover

A new rule from the California Public Utilities Commission will require more inspections of gas distribution systems in order to reduce leaks. (Wikimedia Commons)

SAN FRANCISCO – The state's gas utility companies are going to have to spend about $300 million over the next three years to find, fix and prevent leaks of methane gas in their distribution systems – the result of a decision made by the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday.

As municipal fleets across the state transition to zero-emission vehicles, pollution from thousands of cars, trucks and buses will be eliminated. (TonytheTigersSon/Twenty20)

SAN FRANCISCO — Six California cities plus Los Angeles County are moving forward with a nationwide plan to transition their fleets to zero-emission vehicles - an announcement made in conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The Climate Mayors' group includes Berkel

The oil platform Gail, located near Santa Barbara, is one of 24 rigs in federal waters off the California coast. (California Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two bills designed to thwart the Trump administration's plans for an offshore oil-drilling boom are to come before state lawmakers today. The bills would forbid any new infrastructure on land or in California state waters to facilitate the transfer of oil from any new fed

The Trump administration wants to eliminate California's ability to set its own higher emissions standards for cars. (1laura/Twenty20)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration is halting the push for higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars – and wants to take away California's ability to set its own standards. The administration says rolling back the Obama-era rules would save buyers of new vehicles about $2,00

The South Fork of the Trinity River is part of an area where selective forest thinning would be allowed under a new bill in Congress. (Jeff Morris/Pew Charitable Trusts)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new bill in the U.S. House would add to the Golden State's protected wilderness and promote tourism. It also would authorize thinning forests to help prevent large forest fires. The Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, introduced by R

California recently approved more than $700 million for utility companies to invest in electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. (TonyTheTigersSon/Twenty20)

LOS ANGELES – Businesses, cities and the state of California are using their collective power to push automakers toward an electric future. This week, the Climate Group, an international organization dedicated to fighting global climate change, launched the "Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge"

Environmental justice groups opposed Prop. 70, saying it would have made it more difficult to fund climate projects that mitigate pollution from power plants such as this one in the low-income community of Oxnard. (Rennett Stowe/Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The election results are trending positively for environmental justice in California – with the likely defeat of Proposition 70 and the passage of Proposition 68. Prop 70 would have required a two-thirds majority for the State Legislature to appropriate funds for c

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