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PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 


President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

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The Florence Fang Asian Community Garden in San Francisco won an AARP Community Challenge grant in 2018. (Johnny Chen)

SAN FRANCISCO — Community improvements don't have to be big projects to make a big difference in people's lives. AARP is looking for ideas that will improve local neighborhoods. The 3rd annual AARP Community Challenge grant program is taking applications from government agencies and nonprofi

A new public-lands package would expand Joshua Tree National Park. (Wild Earth Guardians)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – If you've ever fished off a pier, swum in a public pool, played ball on a local field or hiked in a state park, you've likely benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. That program could be permanently reauthorized next week as part of a massive public-lands pa

Yosemite National Park receives 5 million visitors per year and has a significant backlog of maintenance needs. (Schick/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Time is short in this session of Congress, and conservation and tourism groups are hoping for a vote on a bill to address the massive maintenance backlog in the national parks. The Restore Our Parks Act is a bipartisan proposal to direct up to $6.5 billion in revenue from

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 National Week of Conversation events aim to increase civic engagement and improve on voter participation. (Morguefile)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — This week is the first-ever "National Week of Conversation" - a series of events promoted by local groups that work to bridge the partisan divide - in California and across the nation. The idea is to get people talking about the issues, focusing on civil dialogue, wher

Hotels near Mojave Trails National Monument say they've seen an uptick in business since the park was created two years ago today. (BLM)

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – Two years ago today, President Barack Obama created three new national monuments in the California desert: called Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains. Supporters held a community event to celebrate, noting that tourism to the area has increased significantly

Sand to Snow National Monument was created alongside two other desert monuments in 2016 by President Barack Obama. (Bureau of Land Mgmt.)

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. -- Sand to Snow National Monument in the southern California desert will not be reduced or rescinded, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Wednesday. Six other national monuments in California and dozens of others around the country remain in the crosshairs - until Z

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

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