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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - CA: Water

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

A bill would ban new fracking projects in California. (Jens Lambert/iStockphotos)

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Groups that fight climate change are applauding a bill introduced Tuesday to halt new permits for fracking starting next year, and ban it altogether as of 2027. Senate Bill 467 would also apply to several other extraction methods that advocates say are harmful to human health

The Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif., is one of four that will be removed in 2023 as part of a new agreement. (Matthew Wier/CalTrout)

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HORNBROOK, Calif. -- The states of California and Oregon are stepping in to revive a Klamath River dam-removal project that has been in the works for ten years. On Tuesday, the states announced a deal with the hydroelectric dam operator, Pacific Corp., and the nonprofit Klamath River Renewal Corpor

Puente Hills landfill in the Los Angeles area is the largest waste dump in America. (Britta Gustafson/ Wikipedia)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California, eight other states and the Environmental Defense Fund are asking a federal judge to force the Environmental Protection Agency to act on pollution standards for landfills. Decomposing solid waste in municipal landfills emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas linke

 Bottled water is being distributed to needy families in areas where water supplies are compromised, mainly in the San Joaquin and eastern Coachella Valleys. (Isabel Solorio)

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By Claudia Boyd Barrett for Yes! Media Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service/Public News Service Reporting for the YES! Media-California Health Report -- Public New Service Collaboration As Californians shelter at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak, an estimated 1 million of

Vernal pools like this one will lose federal protections as the EPA withdraws the WOTUS rule.(California Native Plant Society)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration gutted Obama-era water protections on Thursday – and now, conservation groups are pushing harder than ever for a bill to reinstate them in California. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally repealed the Waters of the United St

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)

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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

Hayfork Creek is part of the area that would be protected under a public-lands bill being heard in Congress on Wednesday. (Paul Higley)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Leaders from California's conservation and outdoor-recreation communities will testify in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in favor of a trio of public-lands bills that would protect more than a million acres in the Golden State. The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act woul

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