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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2019 


Signs that the Mueller Trump/Russia probe could wrap up in the next week. Also on our Thursday rundown: A death penalty repeal likely to pass in New England. Plus, cancer survivors rally for tougher smoking laws in Tennessee.

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Public News Service - CA: Public Lands/Wilderness

Fresno, CA – Packing heat ready to fire in national parks has long been prohibited. Guns are allowed, but they have to be unloaded unless taken into a hunting unit. This rule, which dates from the Reagan era, is designed to protect park visitors and wildlife, according to the National Parks Co

Los Angeles, CA – Ten candles today for the "Roadless Rule." It was controversial when first proposed a decade ago, and is still being challenged in court. However, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) policy has survived intact. Today, it keeps more than four million acres of California's backcount

First came the oil spill, now the threat of the oil drill. The San Francisco Bay oil spill couldn't have come at a worse time for millions of ducks, geese and other birds that migrate annually from Alaska to warmer climates in California. Those same birds now face another oil threat, but it's on the

Los Angeles, CA - The Southern California wildfires have many asking how wild lands can be better managed to prevent more fires. Jon Keeley with the U.S. Geological Survey says what works in other parts of the state won't work in Southern California, where most of the region is covered with a dense

Maybe "Smokey the Bear" was wrong after all. Wildfire expert Dr. Reese Halter says in fact, preventing forest fires may eventually cause more intense fires. In the wake of the firestorm that already has burned more than a half-million areas in Southern California, Halter says without new policies to

Los Banos, CA - California's scarce fresh water supplies are scaring away the birds, according to a new report from Defenders of Wildlife. The report lists the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge as one of the nation's top ten "Refuges at Risk," because its wetlands are becoming less "wet," year after

Putting up new signs, repairing trails, and planting grasses and trees in fire zones. Those are the jobs for hundreds of Californians this weekend as they clean up some of the state’s prime real estate: public lands. It’s National Public Lands Day tomorrow (Saturday). Bobby McEnaney with

The Angora Fire at Lake Tahoe is contained, but the "fire blame game" is still burning out of control. Conservation groups and local officials are bearing the brunt of the criticism. Barbara Boyle with the Sierra Club says the fact is that those are precisely the people who have been working for ten

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