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PNS Daily Newscast - January 20, 2020 


Virginia declares a state of emergency ahead of a pro-gun rally as the nation pauses to celebrate MLK Day.

2020Talks - January 20, 2020 


The New York Times endorsed Senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Amy Klobuchar of MN. Plus, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, candidates spoke at a forum about protecting democracy, "a decade after Citizens United."

Public News Service - CA: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

Yosemite National Park receives 5 million visitors per year and has a significant backlog of maintenance needs. (Schick/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Time is short in this session of Congress, and conservation and tourism groups are hoping for a vote on a bill to address the massive maintenance backlog in the national parks. The Restore Our Parks Act is a bipartisan proposal to direct up to $6.5 billion in revenue from

The joint project addresses erosion and sediment issues that still affect wildlife in the Angles National Forest. (SWCA Environmental Consultants)

LOS ANGELES — It's been 16 years since the Copper Fire of 2002 ravaged parts of the Angles National Forest north of Santa Clarita, but damage remains. But a number of groups are working together to repair it. Fires affected the stream infrastructure and specific breeds of fish and frogs, but

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