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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - CA: Native American

Yurok Health and Human Services staff members Courtney Mattz and Cassandra Charles assemble weekly food boxes. (Matt Mais/Yurok Tribe)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two California Native American Tribes, the Yurok and the Agua Caliente, are part of a new multi-tribe lawsuit to force the U.S. Treasury to disperse $8 billion earmarked for Indian Country in the CARES Act. The funds have been held up by another lawsuit challenging whether Al

Conservation groups fear that Bonanza Spring in the Mojave National Preserve could dry up, endangering wildlife, if the Cadiz Water Project goes forward. (Michael Gordon)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Conservation advocates say it's now or never to protect the aquifer underneath the Mojave Trails National Monument in the southern California desert. The state legislative session ends Friday, so supporters are urging state lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 120. It would r

The view on a walk below the Trinidad Head, an area now protected and more accessible to the public. (Julie Fulkerson)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the expansion of two national monuments in California - California Coastal National Monument and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument at the Oregon border. Much more than recognition of the unique history or geography of a place, this

Actress Shailene Woodley spoke out against the Dakota Access Pipeline at a rally this weekend in Los Angeles. (Barry E. Levine)

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Actress Shailene Woodley, best known for her role in the "Divergent" movies, spoke at a march on Hollywood Boulevard on Saturday, rallying hundreds of progressive advocates to defend causes championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders. The "Enough is Enough" march was the first even

The ban on suction dredge gold mining in California rivers will remain in place after miners lost a suit at the California Supreme Court. (Klamath Riverkeeper)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A victory for environmental groups and tribes on Monday, as the California Supreme Court upheld the 2009 ban on suction dredge gold mining in state rivers. A mining group called the New 49ers has been fighting to be allowed to use machines that suck up the river bottoms in sea

The Obama family is visiting Yosemite National Park this weekend, and the Next 100 Coalition is asking him to promote cultural diversity on federal lands. (schick/morguefile)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- President Obama, the First Lady and their daughters are visiting Yosemite National Park this weekend, and a group known as the "Next 100 Coalition" is hoping he'll touch on the need for cultural diversity in managing the nation's public lands. The visit comes ahead

President Obama announced the creation of a new Mojave Trails National Monument today, along with two others: Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains. (bryn_jones)

The southern California desert soon will have three new national monuments - Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains. The White House announced today that President Obama intends to use his authority this week under the Antiquities Act to establish the monuments, since Congress has failed t

Hoover Dam on the Colorado River provides power to much of Southern California. Youth leaders from the group Nuestro Rio are working to save the river. Credit: Mike/morguefile

Instead of partying away the summer with friends, dozens of college kids from California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada are celebrating Latino Conservation week by preparing for a leadership summit next week in Denver. They're all part of a nonprofit called Nuestro Rio, which means "our river" in Sp

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