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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2019 


The Trump administration finalizes a coal-friendly emissions rule for power plants. Also on today's rundown: A new development in the debate over the 2020 Census citizenship question; and why "Juneteenth" is an encore celebration in Florida and other states.

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Public News Service - CA: Animal Welfare

PHOTO: Cabo Pulmo at the southern tip of Baja California is where developers are planning a massive a massive hotel and golf complex next door to Cabo Pulmo reef.

SAN FRANCISCO – Mexico's approval of four mega resorts in the Gulf of California has several groups calling for an investigation. The groups accuse the Mexican government of failing to enforce its own environmental laws. Earthjustice attorney Sarah Burt says the massive tourism development

PHOTO: A hiker at Tassajara Creek in the Ventana Wilderness.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Californians celebrating Presidents' Day in a national or state park are not only enjoying the great outdoors, they're improving the state's economy. A new report from the Outdoor Industry Association finds the state's outdoor recreation generates more than $85 billion in consu

PHOTO: Gray fox suffering from rodenticide poisoning. Photo courtesy of WildCare, by Melanie Piazza.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to ban the sale of some of the most dangerous rat poisons, which it says will protect thousands of children each year. These are the same poisons a number of groups have been trying to get removed from store shelves in California. In additio

Photo: National Marine Fisheries Service considering petition to delist Southern Resident killer whales

The public comment period closes tonight (Monday, 9 p.m.) on a petition to remove some killer whales from the federal endangered species list. Some California farmers say the Southern Resident orcas are not eligible because they're no different than any other type of whale. Miyoko Sakashita, ocean

PHOTO: Sea otters will now be welcome in Southern California. Courtesy of Cindy Tucey.

Sea otters are now welcome in Southern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ending the "no-otter" zone that's been in place for nearly 25 years. When the zone was originally established, the idea was to relocate sea otters to one of the Channel Islands to establish a reserve population

PHOTO: Sea Otter. Photo courtesy of Cindy Tucey.

California's sea otters are doing their part to fight climate change, according to one of the findings highlighted during the 10th annual Sea Otter Awareness Week. Otters play a critical role in the marine ecosystem as a keystone species, says Jim Curland, advocacy program director for Friends of t

PHOTO: Sea otter. Photo credit: Cindy Tucey

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The U.S. Geological Survey is releasing new numbers today on the status of the California sea otter. After the population of the animals hit a record high mortality rate last year, animal advocacy groups are hoping the spring census will reveal a reversal of the disturbing trend

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a ban on a chemical California scientists say is capable of turning one in 10 male frogs into females. Atrazine, used primarily on corn and sugar cane crops, is the most commonly detected pesticide in American groundwater. Kerry Kriger, founder an

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