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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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The cause of an oil leak in Kern County, shown here in May when it first started, has yet to be determined. (California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response)

MCKITTRICK, Calif. – Conservation groups are calling for a ban on new drilling as crews assess the damage from a large oil spill in Kern County. Chevron reports that one of its wells near McKittrick has leaked more than 500,000 gallons of oil and wastewater into a dry creek bed. The leak sta

The Trump administration contends that fracking is a valuable use for public lands, while environmental groups press for more renewable energy. (Jens Lambert Photography)

FRESNO, Calif. — Time is running out for people to offer their two cents about the Trump administration's plan to allow more fracking on 1 million acres of federal land in central and southern California. The public comment period on the Bureau of Land Management's Environmental Assessment end

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

Three gas-fired power plants in Long Beach, Calif., are now set to close within a decade. (Haymarket Rebel/Flickr)

LOS ANGELES – California this week took a huge step toward the goal of running entirely on renewable energy, as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced that it's retiring three natural gas power plants. The L.A. DWP, which is the largest municipal utility in the nation, says

Peeling lead paint from homes built before 1978 is the primary source of lead poisoning in California, but lead also is found in some makeup from Afghanistan, turmeric from India and pottery from Mexico. (Bournedead/Morguefile)

OAKLAND, Calif. — The issue of childhood lead poisoning is getting fresh attention after the recent release of an investigative series by KALW Radio in San Francisco. Reuters data shows about 2 percent of California's children have high rates of lead in their blood - consistent with the nati

Environmental advocates want the Trump administration to block a permit to expand a Bay Area oil refinery. (Jason Pfeifle)

SAN FRANCISCO – Protesters took to the streets of San Francisco on Monday, to denounce the possible expansion of an oil refinery in the North Bay town of Rodeo – a decision they say was taken behind closed doors. Documents from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District show that Phi

Roundup is the most common pesticide in the world. Some studies have linked it to cancer, while many others have declared it safe. (Chris Thomas)

SAN FRANCISCO – A landmark

Gas flares at a well in Bakersfield, Calif. (Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two new lawsuits have been filed in federal court to stop the Trump administration from deep-sixing rules meant to reduce pollution, fight climate change and preserve public resources. A dozen conservation groups and the state attorneys general of California and New Mexi

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