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PNS Daily Newscast - November 15, 2019 


President Trump asks SCOTUS to block release of his tax returns; use of the death penalty is on the decline across the country; and a push to make nutrition part of the health-care debate.

2020Talks - November 15, 2019 


Former MA Gov. Deval Patrick is officially running for president, saying he can attract more Independents and moderate Republicans than other candidates.

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Public News Service - CA: Animal Welfare

Long-beaked common dolphins are one species often caught in drift gillnets, which are being replaced on the West Coast with safer fishing gear. (Chad King/NOAA)

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Dolphins, whales, sharks and sea lions on the West Coast may be less likely to die in fishing nets now that authorities have approved a new type of fishing gear. The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday to approve deep-set buoy gear to replace the huge drift gillnets

Many fashion lines already have stopped using real animal fur. (Monica Migielska/Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California would become the first state in the country to ban the sale of fur if a bill before the state Senate today becomes law. Assembly Bill 44 already has passed the lower chamber. Fleur Dawes, communications director with the nonprofit group In Defense of Animals,

The Pacific leatherback sea turtle is one of the species at risk if the Pacific Fishery Management Council authorizes shallow-set longline fishing gear. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

SAN DIEGO – Conservation and sportfishing groups will pack a meeting Thursday of the Pacific Fishery Management Council in San Diego to try to talk the council out of authorizing a type of fishing gear that's been banned for decades. The council is considering a proposal to allow ships that

A judge cited the need to protect the California sea otter in his refusal to lift a moratorium on offshore fracking at existing wells. (kconnors/Morguefile)

LOS ANGELES – Environmental groups have won another round in the battle over fracking in federal waters off the coast of California. Late Tuesday, a judge denied an oil company's request to frack in the Santa Barbara Channel. The company, called DCOR LLC, had asked for an exception to a mo

Traps set for wild animals often injure pets. Assembly Bill 273 would ban commercial trapping in California. (Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A slew of animal protection bills moved forward in the California Legislature this week – including proposals to limit animal abuse, hunting, poisoning and trapping. Senate Bill 580 would force people convicted of such serious crimes as aggravated cruelty, bestiali

Hundreds of thousands of animals are dissected each year in California schools, which have 6.2 million students in K-12. (Evan Amos/Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California could become the first state in the nation to ban the dissection of animals in K-12 schools if a bill just introduced in the state Legislature were to pass. Assembly Bill 1586, called the Replacing Animals in Science Education (or RAISE) Act would encourage sc

Sea lions and other animals can be injured or killed by lost or discarded fishing gear. (Tom Campbell/Marine Photobank)

MONTEREY, Calif. – About 136,000 dolphins, sea lions, seals and whales are caught in lost or discarded fishing nets each year - and the problem of so-called ghost gear is getting worse, according to a new report. Researchers from the nonprofit World Animal Protection estimate that fishermen

Scientists say they've encountered many emaciated sea-lion pups in recent years due to dwindling anchovy and sardine fisheries, primary food sources for sea lions. (Oceana)

MONTEREY, Calif. — A conservation group is declaring victory, as a U.S. District Court judge in Northern California has ruled that the federal government's allowable catch for northern anchovies, set in November, is far too high. The Pacific Fishery Management Council will now have to revise

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