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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

Roundup is the most common pesticide in the world. Some studies have linked it to cancer, while many others have declared it safe. (Chris Thomas)

SAN FRANCISCO – A landmark

A 2011 UC Berkeley study of mothers and children in Salinas linked chlorpyrifos exposure to lower IQ scores and developmental delays. (Wasan Gredpree/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California regulators have moved one step closer to placing big restrictions on the use of a pesticide that President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency refused to ban earlier this year. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation just released an updated dr

A bill in the California Legislature would provide more oversight for a potential water pumping project in the Mojave Desert. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill introduced Wednesday in the California Legislature aims to protect water resources in the state's deserts. Assembly member Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, introduced Assembly Bill 1000, known as the California Desert Protection Act, to strengthen safeguards for desert

Studies show diesel emissions are 90 times higher near the Port of Oakland in West Oakland than the state average. (Chris Jordan-Block/Earthjustice)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Millions of Californians live close to a major port and this week, community leaders in West Oakland filed a federal complaint alleging that the continued pollution in their community of color is a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Margaret Gordon, co-founder of the West O

Advocates are asking a federal judge to force the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate environmental justice complaints, including one on the permits for the Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, Calif. (Calpine)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Five nonprofits, including one in California, filed a motion in federal court Monday to force the EPA to follow up on environmental justice-related civil rights complaints. The groups accuse the EPA of dragging its feet, in some cases for decades. Michael Boyd, a plaintiff

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

A new California law makes it state policy to promote greenhouse gas reduction in open space and agricultural lands. (Harold E. Malde/The Nature Conservancy)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Climate-change groups are applauding a new bill, just signed by Governor Jerry Brown, that would make it state policy to promote the role of land and soil in scrubbing the air of excess carbon. The Natural and Working Lands Climate Solution Act (Senate Bill 13-86) writes i

Farmworker advocates are petitioning the EPA to ban the use of a widely used toxic pesticide in the fields.(Wasan Gredpee/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Advocates say the nation's two million farmworkers deserve a safe place to work, free of hazardous chemicals, so they petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday to ban the use of a toxic pesticide called chlorpyrifos. The feds banned home uses of the

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