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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2020 


University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and the work-from-home trend could be a boon for people with disabilities.

2020Talks - May 26, 2020 


Monday was Memorial Day. More than 100,000 people in the five major U.S. territories are military veterans, but can't vote for commander-in-chief. Plus, Puerto Rico has a statehood referendum this November.

Public News Service - CA: Cultural Resources

Joshua Tree National Park began as a national monument created under the Antiquities Act. (timotale/iStockphoto)

Environmental groups are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Senate defeated an attack on the president's ability to declare national monuments by executive order. Lawmakers on Tuesday killed an amendment to the Senate energy bill that would have modified the Antiquities Act to make all presi

Youth groups from Latino churches visit the Mojave Trails National Monument. (Hispanic Access Foundation)

COACHELLA, Calif. - A large group of California religious leaders released a letter to President Obama on Tuesday, asking him to use his powers under the Antiquities Act to create three new national monuments in the southern California desert. One hundred Latino church leaders from the Assemblies o

A bill introduced Thursday in Congress would allow mining in an area of the Mojave Desert that is already part of a proposed National Monument. Credit: Ryse Lawrence.

BARSTOW, Calif. – Mining exploration would be allowed in an area of the Mojave Desert deemed sensitive by environmental advocates if a bill introduced Thursday in Congress passes. The California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., wo

Hoover Dam on the Colorado River provides power to much of Southern California. Youth leaders from the group Nuestro Rio are working to save the river. Credit: Mike/morguefile

Instead of partying away the summer with friends, dozens of college kids from California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada are celebrating Latino Conservation week by preparing for a leadership summit next week in Denver. They're all part of a nonprofit called Nuestro Rio, which means "our river" in Sp

PHOTO: Grandmother Yolanda Verona hugs granddaughter Frida Villagomez at the border fence in Friendship Park at Border Field State Park near San Diego. Photo credit: Maria Teresa Fernandez/Border Angels.

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Border Patrol opened a stretch of fence along the border with Mexico near San Diego for 15 minutes this weekend to let members of four long-separated families embrace. Part of the Friendship Day celebration and Children's Day holiday in Mexico, the event was organized by Border

PHOTO: A new coalition of venture capitalists has formed to encourage more protected public land. Its members say beautiful places with recreational opportunities are attracting entrepreneurs and skilled workers that boost local economies. Photo of Lake Berryessa courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Dept. of the Interior.

SAN FRANCISCO — There's a link between successful start-ups and the great outdoors - and members of a new national coalition say it's a profitable one that should be encouraged. Some of the investment and venture capital firms in the "Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition" are California

PHOTO: As the Wilderness Act of 1964 marks its 50th anniversary this week, efforts remain underway in California to introduce new wilderness legislation, despite an unwilling Congress. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES – With the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, wilderness advocates are reflecting on the legislation that created the National Wilderness Preservation System – along with the challenges of maintaining it amid renewed calls for resource extraction and passing new wilderne

The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in Riverside County is one of dozens of protected areas in California which benefits from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.
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LOS ANGELES – This week marks the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreatio

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