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PNS Daily Newscast - April 23, 2019 


Trump attorneys go to court to attempt to block oversight of the president’s finances. Also, on the Tuesday rundown: the New York plastic bag ban becomes law. Plus, a new poll finds Coloradans support protecting wildlife corridors.

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The State Lands Commission votes today on whether to terminate an oil lease off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura. (MSR Photo/iStockphoto)

VENTURA, Calif. - State regulators are voting today on whether to terminate the lease on an aging oil facility just off the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara. The rigs on Rincon Island haven't produced oil or gas since 2008. Don Drysdale, spokesman for the California Department of Conservati

An infrared image showing the gas leak in Aliso Canyon, last fall. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Regulators with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) at a hearing on Thursday removed a major loophole from proposed new rules on oil and natural gas facilities, in an effort to prevent another disaster like the massive gas leak at Aliso Canyon last fall. The proposed rules

Advocates for farmworkers, some seen here at a workshop on pesticides in June 2015, say CalEPA hasn't done enough to regulate pesticide spraying near schools. (Californians for Pesticide Reform)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - About 150 farmworkers' families and their advocates plan to rally tomorrow in front of the California state PEA office in Sacramento. The groups are concerned with the toxicity of pesticides applied near schools, and say they've been waiting for the Department of Pesticide Regul

Clean-energy advocates protest against a power plant proposed for Oxnard at a meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission in December. (Rene Garcia/CAUSE)

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted today to approve a permit for a new gas-fired power plant in the City of Oxnard, over the objections of the Oxnard City Council and local clean energy advocates. The Puente Power Project, a 262-megawatt peaker plant backed by NR

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports places such as Sequoia National Park. (michaelkirch/morguefile)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif - Conservation advocates are celebrating Wednesday's passage of a bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by the U.S. Senate. The fund expired last September but was given a three-year reprieve in December. It uses revenues from the sale of one n

The San Joaquin kit fox is one species threatened by the Panoche Valley Solar Project, according to a new lawsuit filed against the state by environmental groups. (Rick Deveran)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Several environmental groups are suing the California Department of Fish and Wildlife over a permit the agency issued to the Panoche Valley Solar Project in central California, about 60 miles east of Monterey. The plaintiffs in the suit, which include the advocacy groups Defen

Mojave Trails area in the southern California desert. Credit: Bryn Jones

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Senator Dianne Feinstein is drumming up support for three proposed national monuments in the southern California desert by holding a public listening session this afternoon at the Whitewater Preserve near Palm Springs. She introduced a bill earlier this year, the California

Gray whales can drown when caught in a drift gillnet. Monday, the feds put swordfishermen who use the nets on notice. Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

SAN DIEGO – The federal government put California swordfishermen on notice Monday, warning they'll be banned if they continue to inadvertently catch endangered species, whales, dolphins and sea turtles in their nets. The Pacific Fishery Management Council set caps on the number of marine mam

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