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PNS Daily Newscast - June 11, 2021 


We reflect and update as HIV/AIDS first came to national attention 40 years ago this month; and when it comes to infrastructure spending, bipartisanship isn't dead yet.


2021Talks - June 11, 2021 


President Biden offers up more COVID-19 vaccines to the world; Dems and GOP close in on an infrastructure deal; and Speaker Pelosi tries to quell a spat over the Middle East among Democrats.

Public News Service - CA: Environmental Justice

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

Bernadette Zambrano saves seeds for Sogorea Te' Land Trust, a group based in Oakland that works to return lands to indigenous peoples. (Ines Ixierda)

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Religious groups often own large properties but don't have the expertise to make them work for the community. Now, an online tool being released today can help them use the land for the greater good. The free FaithLands Toolkit from the Agrarian Trust has practical advice and cas

The Department of Conservation's Geologic Energy Management Division will stop issuing permits for new fracking wells in 2024. (Jens Lambert Photography/iStockphoto)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Clean-air advocates say they have mixed emotions about California's plan to phase out fracking. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday the state will not issue new fracking permits starting in 2024 and will work to end extraction of oil and gas by 2045. Kobi Naseck, coalition coordina

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

The Sand to Snow National Monument is a haven for outdoor recreation for families in the Coachella Valley. (Robert Fanger/Hispanic Access Foundation)

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LOS ANGELES -- A new poll shows Latino voters in California are even more supportive than the general population of policies that protect public lands and combat climate change. The new survey finds an overwhelming majority of Latino voters, 85%, support President Joe Biden's new goal of protecting

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

The South Fork Trinity River is one of many places that would receive greater protections under a new wilderness bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. (Jeff Morris/Pew Environment Group)

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SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS, Calif. -- A massive public-lands bill, now headed to the U.S. Senate, would better protect more than three million acres of public land, including one million acres in California. The Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act combines eight pieces of legislation, i

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