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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - CA: Urban Planning/Transportation

Environmental advocates are pushing for more zero-emissions vehicles and changes to the EPA's Regional Haze Program in the wake of a new report that gives California national parks like Joshua Tree failing grades for air quality. Credit: Tommy Hough.

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – As smoke from multiple wildfires chokes the air across California this summer, air quality has again become a hot topic in the Golden State. But despite the current bout of wildfires, the biggest source of smog in California remains the state's 33.5 million vehicles. Cal

PHOTO: California's independent redistricting commission, created just four years ago as part of a sweeping initiative package, will remain in place following a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a similar redistricting system in Arizona. Photo credit: Kathleen Connally/Morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Election reforms that introduced an independent redistricting commission in California will remain in place, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a similar redistricting system in Arizona. California's independent redistricting commission was part of a sweepi

PHOTO: Companies running oil trains in California will be required to have a spill-response plan. Photo credit: vladyslav-danilin/shutterstock

Railroad companies soon won't be able to carry oil in California unless they have a safety plan - and put aside lots of money to cover any future spills. That's because a federal judge in San Francisco dismissed an industry lawsuit last week against California's new railroad safety law. Patti Goldm

PHOTO: The Bakersfield Crude Terminal is the subject of a lawsuit by environmental groups, and was recently cited by the EPA. It is owned by the same company which owns a pipeline that recently failed near Santa Barbara, spilling 100,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific. Photo credit: Elizabeth Forsyth/Earthjustice.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A judge has refused to close down a controversial oil terminal near Bakersfield in Kern County, denying a preliminary injunction sought by environmental groups challenging permits for the facility. The terminal went on-line in December. Earthjustice attorney Elizabeth Fo

PHOTO: The May issue of AARP Bulletin uses the Livability Index to identify the most livable places in the country for people age 50 plus. Eighteen California cities received high marks in the study, with San Francisco's South of Market named as one of the 10 Most Livable Neighborhoods in the country. Photo courtesy: AARP.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new online tool is giving Californians a chance to take a closer look at their neighborhoods. Christina Clem, adviser State Operations with AARP California, says people can use the Livability Index to determine how well their communities are meeting their current and future n

PHOTO: Seven California counties depend heavily on Colorado River water, and a new study by Arizona State University quantifies just how much their economies would suffer if less water is available. Photo of Palo Verde Dam near Blythe, Calif., by Sandra J. Owen-Boyce, U.S. Geological Survey.

LOS ANGELES — A little more than half the economy of Southern California is dependent in some way on the health of the Colorado River system, according to a new report that quantifies the value of the river to the seven Western states that use it. Researchers at Arizona State University found

PHOTO: Oil wells near La Habra Heights, Calif., are nothing new; this photo is from the 1920s. But residents will vote in March on rules to restrict new oil and gas development, and also such high-intensity drilling techniques as fracking. Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Elections in less than two months are the talk of two small southern California communities where voters will decide the future of oil and gas drilling in their areas – and the results could set the tone for other parts of the state. In La Habra Heights, residents

PHOTO: The collapsed Northridge Meadows apartment building following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's retrofitting proposal calls for strengthening thousands of similar buildings with ground-floor carports. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

LOS ANGELES – The founder of California's Great Shakeout public awareness earthquake drills says Mayor Eric Garcetti's sweeping earthquake retrofit plan for the city of Los Angeles is the most comprehensive approach to seismic safety ever undertaken in the state. U.S. Geological Survey seismo

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