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PNS Daily Newscast - June 15, 2018 


AG Sessions says the Bible backs the Trump administration policy separating children from parents. Also on the Friday rundown: emails suggest political interference in feds ending a Mining-Health Study; and Iowa marks Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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Public News Service - CA: Animal Welfare

A biotech firm with labs in California has agreed to an unprecedented $3.5 million fine to settle federal allegations of animal cruelty. (maryhere/morguefile)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A biotech firm with facilities in California will pay $3.5 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violating the federal Animal Welfare Act. Santa Cruz Biotechnology has admitted no wrongdoing, but will lose its dealer's license and registration as

Workers toss bags of contaminated soil up from the beach after the oil spill at Refugio in May 2015. (Ashley Blacow/Oceana)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Environmental groups are applauding the criminal indictment Tuesday of the company blamed for the massive oil spill last May in Refugio, about an hour north of Santa Barbara. A grand jury indicted Plains All-American Pipeline on 46 counts related to the spill. In addition, o

Conservation advocates rallied in Sacramento on Tuesday to ban certain kinds of rat poison, which also kills wild animals like bobcats. (sgarton/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Dozens of people rallied in Sacramento on Tuesday to support a bill that would ban certain kinds of rat poison. The protest took place across the street from the annual meeting of California Pest Control Operators, which opposes Assembly Bill 2596. Most rat poison was pulled fr

The sardine population is continuing to collapse, according to a new assessment by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.(jasonwebber01/morguefile)

LOS ANGELES - A new federal assessment shows the population of sardines off the West Coast has continued to plummet; it's a third lower than last spring, even though the entire sardine fishery was closed in 2015. The news means the fishery is very unlikely to reopen until at least 2017. Geoff Sh

This spay and neuter public service announcement is competing for Best Comedic Short at the Animal Film Festival on Saturday in Grass Valley, CA. (Laura MacLean)

Move over, Oscars! The movie business is going the dogs - and cats and birds, horses, and even lobsters - once the third annual Animal Film Festival starts on Saturday. The festival, which runs all day at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, about an hour outside Sacramento, will feature 20 fil

SeaWorld has admitted sending employee Paul McComb to pose as an activist. (April Cruz/PETA)

Animal-rights advocates with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are speaking out in the wake of revelations that SeaWorld sent some of its employees to spy on them. On Thursday, SeaWorld chief executive Joel Manby admitted in an earnings call that his company directed workers to go underco

Conservation groups are criticizing aspects of a new proposed federal rule to protect captive marine mammals like dolphins. (Jade/morguefile)

SAN DIEGO - Wildlife conservation groups are speaking out against a new federal rule that is supposed to improve conditions for captive marine mammals, including dolphins and orcas, saying the rule actually weakens some existing protections. The U.S. Department of Agriculture just releaseda propos

There are mixed reactions in the animal rights community about SeaWorld San Diego's decision to change its orca shows by next year. Credit: Stacey Newman/iStockphoto.

SAN DIEGO – Wildlife advocates are praising SeaWorld San Diego's decision to let Shamu retire, so to speak, but they have reservations about the park's announcement that killer whale shows will change at the end of next year. SeaWorld says the orcas will still be on display at the amusement p

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