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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - CA: Environmental Justice

Protesters demonstrate against the proposed Puente Project power plant in Oxnard earlier this year.(Rene Garcia)

OXNARD, Calif. - A proposed new natural-gas power plant in Southern California will face concerted opposition at the Coastal Commission meeting this week. On Friday, members will consider a recommendation by staff that the Puente Project be relocated away from the site chosen by the company, NRG, in

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 Rincon Island Limited Partnership, an oil facility on an island near Ventura, filed for bankruptcy this week. (Wikimedia Commons)

VENTURA, Calif. - An oil company facing termination of its lease for a facility on a tiny island near the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara made a last-minute bankruptcy filing, even as the State Department of Conservation issued a second enforcement order against it. The Rincon Island Limite

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

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