PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 

Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 

While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - CA: Oceans

PHOTO: Sardine fishing on the West Coast is officially ending, over concerns that overfishing the species is affecting the food supply for predators such as sea lions. Photo credit: Geoff Shester, Oceana.

Commercial fishing for sardines on the West Coast now is illegal - effective immediately. At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Pacific Fishery Management Council decided to end the sardine fishing season now instead of on June 30. It said overfishing has contributed to a 90 percent dec

PHOTO: A State Capitol hearing room is packed Tuesday as a Senate committee discusses Senate Bill 1132, which would place a moratorium on fracking until the state fully studies the impact of the oil extraction method. Photo courtesy: Californians Against Fracking

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The controversial practice of offshore oil fracking is taking place along California's coastline, even though most people may not even know it. Assemblymember Das Williams says it's also being done without the required ongoing review from the Coastal Commission. He s

PHOTO: A $21,000 reward is being offered to help find the person or persons who shot and killed three sea otters last fall near Monterey. Photo credit: USGS

MONTEREY, Calif. - A $21,000 reward is being offered to help find the person or persons who shot and killed three sea otters near Monterey. Biologists with the Monterey Bay Aquarium found the dead sea otters at Asilomar Beach in early September. According to Jim Curland, advocacy program director

would make it illegal to use a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for entertainment purposes.

SACRAMENTO - The controversial documentary film "Blackfish" is prompting a California state lawmaker to propose legislation (Assembly Bill 2140) to ban the use of killer whales for entertainment. The bill's author says killer whales, or orcas, are too big and too intelligent to be confined in small

PHOTO: A deadly epidemic known as

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – A mysterious and sudden epidemic is hitting sea stars along the West Coast from Alaska to San Diego. Scientists call it sea star wasting because the starfish can literally disintegrate into goo in a matter of days. Pete Raimondi, a biologist and professor at University

PHOTO: A statement made in President Obama's recent State of the Union address is giving hope to supporters of Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands who want to see the 1,600 acres made part of the California Coastal National Monument. Photo credit: Scott Chieffo Photography.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – President Barack Obama is indicating he's willing to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to protect more federal lands. His statement in the State of the Union address is energizing groups along the Mendocino coastline in Northern California. Supporters of Point

PHOTO: Fish swimming in one of California's Marine Protected Areas. December 19, 2013, is the one-year anniversary of the completion of California's statewide network of Marine Protected Areas.

SAN DIEGO - California is celebrating the first anniversary of the completion of the state's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The 124 "underwater parks" can be found just offshore, from Oregon to Mexico. The Marine Protected Areas provide a safe haven for ocean wildlife and habitat, which i

PHOTO: Tolowa Dee-ni' drying smelt along the ocean near Smith River. The California Ocean Protection Council has announced science grants for ten projects to monitor the North Coast marine protected areas. Scientists, fishermen, citizen volunteers, and for the first time, tribal governments, will work together to develop a baseline of ocean conditions and human uses. Photo Credit: Smith River Rancheria.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The state is announcing nearly a dozen science grants to monitor the North Coast marine protected areas. For the first time, the baseline monitoring program will include tribal knowledge and perspectives. Through a collaboration among four tribes, traditional ecological knowledg

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