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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

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Conservation groups have launched a campaign to stop nurseries from selling pollinator-friendly plants such as milkweed that have been grown with harmful pesticides. (Pixabay)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- As the spring gardening season gets into full swing, groups fighting to save bees and other pollinators are asking nurseries and consumers to avoid plants grown with harmful pesticides. Some pesticides are sprayed on, but others are systemic and poison the nectar. Sharon Selv

The Kern County Board of Supervisors recently passed an ordinance to fast-track up to 2,700 new oil and gas wells per year over the next 15 years. (National Parks Conservation Association)

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KERN COUNTY, Calif. -- Environmental-justice advocates are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to wind down oil and gas drilling in California by 2035, instead of by 2045 as he proposed. Last week, Newsom announced the state will work to end all fossil-fuel extraction and will stop issuing permits for fra

A state Senate committee is considering two bills today to reduce air and water pollution from oil and gas facilities. (Leonid Ikan/Adobestock)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two bills to combat pollution from the oil and gas industry will get hearings today in Sacramento, but clean-air advocates say they don't quite go far enough. The state Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water will consider Senate Bill 47, which would greatly expand the

Kern County produces about 70% of California's oil and more than 90% of its natural gas. However, 20% of county residents live at or below the federal poverty line. (Zhengzaishuru/iStockphoto)

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KERN COUNTY, Calif. -- Groups fighting for clean air and against climate change are calling for the State of California to step in after the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to fast-track more than 40,000 new oil and gas wells. Supporters of the plan say it will create jobs and brin

Local residents protest a proposed gas station in the Marin County city of Novato. (Karen Preuss)

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NOVATO, Calif. -- The city of Novato will vote tonight on whether to allow Costco to build a huge new gas station, despite strong opposition from locals concerned about climate change. Novato is the latest front in a battle to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Lily Cohen, mobilizing team lead for

This map shows the part of the Inglewood oil field that lies within Culver City, close to several  neighborhoods. (Baker & O'Brien, Inc.)

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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- State lawmakers proposed a bill, Senate Bill 467, to ban fracking last week, but one city, Culver City, has already taken a big step in that direction. In October, the city council approved a resolution to wind down drilling within five years; staff are working on an ordinanc

By 2021, Target's receipts will no longer be coated with bisphenol A or bisphenol S, chemicals that have been linked to endocrine health issues. (Mamavation)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Big box retailer Target has announced it will eliminate toxic chemicals from its receipts by the end of the year. The company will stop using bisphenol S and bisphenol A, which are what give a shiny coating to thermal paper, used for many airline tickets and receipts from stor

Health advocates are calling for stronger limits on cell phone radiation. (d3damon/iStockphoto)

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BERKELEY, Calif. - A review of scientific literature out this week found that using a cell phone more than a thousand hours raises your risk of developing a tumor by up to 60%. Experts from Berkeley and Seoul, South Korea, reviewed 46 studies on cell phone radiation and concluded that pressing a c

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