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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent due in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - CA: Oceans

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

PHOTO: Stornetta Public Lands on Mendocino coastline. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is in Northern California's Mendocino County on Friday to discuss the future of Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands and the efforts to make the land a part of the California Coastal National Monument. Credit: Bob Wick at BLM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Expand to Land is the battle cry of supporters of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands. They want to see the nearly 1,300 acres near Mendocino made part of the California Coastal National Monument. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is in Mendocino County tod

PHOTO: A Northern California federal judge has ruled the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to protect marine mammals when it approved the Navy's use of sonar along the California coast. Photo credit: NMFS

Thousands of whales, dolphins and other sea mammals are getting a "silent" victory. A federal judge has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) failed to protect the marine mammals from the Navy's use of sonar during training exercises along the California coast. Hawk Rosales is th

PHOTO: Four fishermen groups want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reverse its decision to end the

SAN DIEGO - A lawsuit is being filed over the decision to end the "no otter zone" in Southern California. Some fishing industry groups say allowing sea otters to come back will "ravage" valuable fisheries for sea urchins, lobsters and other species preyed on by the animals. However, environmental gr

PHOTO: Many Californians may not be aware their drinking water comes from the Colorado River. The second annual

SAN DIEGO – Californians are uniting to protect the river that provides drinking water to about 20 million people in the Southland. The second annual Colorado River Day was held Thursday in San Diego and five other Western cities to highlight the river's continuing challenge of supply versus

PHOTO: A pilot whale entangled in a drift gillnet. Fishermen use the massive nets to catch swordfish and thresher sharks, but other animals get caught in the nets and either drown or are tossed overboard. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

A gruesome secret hides in the waters off the California coast: mile-long nets that sit in the ocean like invisible walls. Fishermen use these drift gillnets to catch swordfish and thresher sharks, but Ashley Blacow, Pacific policy and communications manager for Oceana, said they also catch other c

PHOTO: Cabo Pulmo at the southern tip of Baja California is where developers are planning a massive a massive hotel and golf complex next door to Cabo Pulmo reef.

SAN FRANCISCO – Mexico's approval of four mega resorts in the Gulf of California has several groups calling for an investigation. The groups accuse the Mexican government of failing to enforce its own environmental laws. Earthjustice attorney Sarah Burt says the massive tourism development

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