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PNS Daily Newscast - April 2, 2020 


The Trump Administration decides Obama healthcare exchanges will not reopen - we have reaction. Plus a look a vulnerable COVID-19 population you may not have heard about.

2020Talks - April 2, 2020 


Some states this year use ranked-choice voting. What are some of the benefits during COVID-19? Plus, President Trump and former VP Biden continue to battle over the Affordable Care Act.

Public News Service - CA: Oceans

Scientists say Dungeness crab is one of dozens of marine species along the west coast affected by excess carbon dioxide in ocean water, the result of a warming climate. Credit: MConnors/morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Climate change is turning ocean water more acidic and creating low-oxygen "dead zones" – issues that have serious implications for the entire oceanic ecosystem. That's the subject of a Wednesday workshop in Sacramento on the findings of the West Coast Ocean Acidific

PHOTO: The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is one species potentially harmed by proposed deep-sea mining.  Photo credit: Damien du Toit/Wikimedia Commons

SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco-based environmental law firm is suing the federal government to stop a deep-sea mining project in the waters between Hawaii and Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity is challenging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's decision to issue permits

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

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