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PNS Daily Newscast - September 13, 2019 


Prosecutors get approval to bring charges against former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe; and the Trump administration rolls back clean water protections.

2020Talks - September 13, 2019. (3 min.)  


At last night's debate, Democrats try for breakout moments; former VP Joe Biden spats with Sen. Bernie Sanders and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

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Public News Service - CA: Oceans

The Pacific leatherback sea turtle is one of the species at risk if the Pacific Fishery Management Council authorizes shallow-set longline fishing gear. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

SAN DIEGO – Conservation and sportfishing groups will pack a meeting Thursday of the Pacific Fishery Management Council in San Diego to try to talk the council out of authorizing a type of fishing gear that's been banned for decades. The council is considering a proposal to allow ships that

Offshore-drilling lease sales for California could start next year, first off of Southern California, then off the central and northern coast. (BOEM)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Just in time for Earth Day today, the environmental group Oceana is calling for a halt to the Trump administration's moves to radically expand offshore oil and gas drilling and roll back safety measures. Their new report, "Dirty Drilling," found the risk of another ca

The oil platform Gail, located near Santa Barbara, is one of 24 rigs in federal waters off the California coast. (California Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two bills designed to thwart the Trump administration's plans for an offshore oil-drilling boom are to come before state lawmakers today. The bills would forbid any new infrastructure on land or in California state waters to facilitate the transfer of oil from any new fed

Oil facilities on several man-made islands off of Long Beach and Seal Beach have racked up 293 state violations since 2015.(Donielle/Wikimedia Commons)

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Offshore oil operations in southern and central California have racked up almost 400 violations over the past three years – according to an examination of public records done by the Center for Biological Diversity. The group's research showed that regulators found

Sea lions and other animals can be injured or killed by lost or discarded fishing gear. (Tom Campbell/Marine Photobank)

MONTEREY, Calif. – About 136,000 dolphins, sea lions, seals and whales are caught in lost or discarded fishing nets each year - and the problem of so-called ghost gear is getting worse, according to a new report. Researchers from the nonprofit World Animal Protection estimate that fishermen

Environmental advocates want the Trump administration to block a permit to expand a Bay Area oil refinery. (Jason Pfeifle)

SAN FRANCISCO – Protesters took to the streets of San Francisco on Monday, to denounce the possible expansion of an oil refinery in the North Bay town of Rodeo – a decision they say was taken behind closed doors. Documents from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District show that Phi

Experts say sea otters keep sea urchins from ravaging kelp forests, maintaining habitat for fish. (Kconnors/Morguefile)

PASADENA, Calif. – A big win for southern sea otters, as a federal judge on the 9th Circuit in Pasadena ruled Thursday that the feds do not have to reinstate a failed policy of "No Otter Zones" that had been put in place to protect commercial fishing interests. Representatives of the sea urc

Conservation groups say new offshore oil drilling on the Pacific coast would be especially harmful to whales, seals and sea lions. (BOEM)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration has proposed opening up almost all federal waters to oil and gas drilling, including the California coast – and the one and only public hearing in the state takes place Thursday afternoon in Sacramento. A coalition of opposition groups is p

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