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PNS Daily Newscast - February 27, 2020 


Trump puts Pence in charge of coronavirus response; and lingering concerns about U.S. Census participation.

2020Talks - February 27, 2020 


House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn endorsed former VP Joe Biden, ahead of South Carolina's primaries. Super Tuesday states, including North Carolina, are also voting soon, but campaigning there is different.

Public News Service - CA: Public Lands/Wilderness

The St. Francis Dam collapse in 1928 is California's second-deadliest disaster, after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. (H.T. Strearns/U.S. Geological Survey)

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Ninety-one years ago this spring, the St. Francis Dam collapsed, sending a 160-foot wall of water crashing 54 miles from Santa Clarita to the beach in Ventura. It killed about 450 people – the second-deadliest disaster ever in the state. President Donald Trump

Condors once were almost extinct, but now, an estimated 290 birds fly free in California and Mexico. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

ARCATA, Calif. - The California condor soon may return to the skies in northwestern California - but conservation groups are calling for action to improve their chances of survival. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with the Yurok Tribe, have proposed reintroducing the condor to the norther

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

A new public-lands package would create a new South Fork Trinity-Mad River Special Restoration Area. (Jeff Morris/Pew Charitable Trusts)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – More than a million acres of public lands would be protected if three new bills just introduced in Congress become law. The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act would designate 245,000 acres of wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest and the Carrizo Plain Nati

A new public-lands package would expand Joshua Tree National Park. (Wild Earth Guardians)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you've ever fished off a pier, swum in a public pool, played ball on a local field or hiked in a state park, you've likely benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. That program could be permanently reauthorized next week as part of a massive public-lands pa

Critics say the Bureau of Land Management should fine a mining company accused of dumping and require cleanup, rather than sell the public land and its mining rights to that company. (Tom Egan/CA Desert Rep./Defenders of Wildlife)

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. – Friday is your last chance to speak out on a controversial land deal in which the Bureau of Land Management wants to sell some sensitive land to a company accused of polluting it. An international mining conglomerate called Omya was cited in 2011 for dumping waste r

Seasonal pools like this one could be further protected under a new state wetlands policy. (California Native Plant Society)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Conservation groups are urging the state to better protect California's wetlands in the face of imminent rollbacks by the Trump administration. The State Water Resources Control Board has been working on a new wetlands policy for more than a decade, but has not yet relea

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