PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 

A bipartisan deal reached to avert U.S. government default. Also on our Tuesday rundown: a new report calculates the high hospital costs for employers. Plus, new legislation could help protect Florida's at-risk wildlife.

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PHOTO: Nick Nyhart is president of Public Campaign, which supports public funding for elections. Photo courtesy Public Campaign.

Two hedge-fund billionaires with opposite political leanings have just organized themselves and their wealthy friends to inject more than $100 million into this year's electoral campaigns. Their efforts continue the pattern made possible by judicial rulings that have opened the floodgates to unlimi

PHOTO: The national farm animal rescue group, Farm Sanctuary, is encouraging people to save a turkey this Thanksgiving. The Adopt a Turkey Project gives people the opportunity to sponsor one of the rescued birds who reside at the group's shelters in California and New York. The group has provided care for more than 1,000 rescued turkeys over the last 25 years. Photo courtesy Farm Sanctuary.

ACTON, Calif. - President Obama isn't the only one who can pardon a Thanksgiving turkey. A national farm animal rescue group is giving every Californian a chance to save a turkey this Thanksgiving. According to Bruce Friedrich, advocacy director for Farm Sanctuary, through the "Adopt a Turkey Proj

PHOTO: A screenshot from undercover video allegedly filmed at a Colorado cattle facility owned by a California company based in Tulare. Three workers were arrested on Friday for animal cruelty. Video from Compassion Over Killing.

TULARE, Calif. - A California company is vowing to cooperate with authorities investigating allegations of animal abuse at one of their livestock operations in Colorado. A national animal rights group released disturbing undercover video last week that allegedly shows workers mistreating calves at Q

Photo: Local California farmers say proposed new rules under the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Food Safety Modernization Act may come down unfairly on sustainable and organic producers and on farmers who sell locally through farmersí markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), and farm stands. Photo credit: Full Belly Farm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Some California farmers are voicing concerns over the FDA's proposed implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. They say the rules are excessive and may put small farmers out of business. Judith Redmond, the co-owner of Full Belly Farm in Guinda, sells her organic frui

PHOTO: Four fishermen groups want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reverse its decision to end the

SAN DIEGO - A lawsuit is being filed over the decision to end the "no otter zone" in Southern California. Some fishing industry groups say allowing sea otters to come back will "ravage" valuable fisheries for sea urchins, lobsters and other species preyed on by the animals. However, environmental gr

PHOTO: Supporters of the California prisoner hunger strike march outside Corcoran State Prison. Photo Credit: Urszula.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California prisoners are starving for change. A hunger strike that began earlier this month is nearing the end of its third week, with some 1,000 inmates at 11 prisons still refusing meals. At issue is the widespread use of segregated housing units for prisoners in lon

IMAGE: California ranks 41st for its children's overall well-being. This is the second year in a row California has ranked near the bottom of the nation, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2013 KIDS COUNT.

OAKLAND, Calif. - California is showing no improvement for overall children's well-being. For the second consecutive year, the Golden State ranks 41st in the nation in the annual KIDS COUNT report. According to Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, California leaders aren't giving enough attenti

PHOTO: CDC finds early childhood obesity rates declining in L.A. County

Childhood obesity rates are beginning to decline. A study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds fewer obese young children in Los Angeles County. The landmark study compared low-income children in the nation's two most populous regions: Los Angeles and New York City. "T

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