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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


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Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - CA: Oceans

PHOTO: Sea otters will now be welcome in Southern California. Courtesy of Cindy Tucey.

Sea otters are now welcome in Southern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ending the "no-otter" zone that's been in place for nearly 25 years. When the zone was originally established, the idea was to relocate sea otters to one of the Channel Islands to establish a reserve population

PHOTO: Fish Survey in Progress. Photo courtesy of Reef Check California

MONTEREY, Calif. - Volunteer divers are acting as underwater detectives to take the pulse of the state's newly-created Marine Protected Areas, MPAs. In collaboration with MPA Montoring Enterprise, divers are surveying the reefs along the Central Coast to document the number and types of fish, as wel

PHOTO: Sea otter. Photo credit: Cindy Tucey

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The U.S. Geological Survey is releasing new numbers today on the status of the California sea otter. After the population of the animals hit a record high mortality rate last year, animal advocacy groups are hoping the spring census will reveal a reversal of the disturbing trend

California now has the nation's first statewide underwater park system. The Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a network of Marine Protected Areas for northern California. The approval completes an eight-year plan to designate areas up and down the coast with the goal of

A coalition of conservation and American Indian groups are challenging permits issued to the U.S. Navy to expand use of sonar in training exercises off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington. The sounds are so high-pitched, says Hawk Rosales, executive director of the InterTribal Sinkyone

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – California lawmakers may be back in session deciding which state parks to close because of budget cuts, but the state's newest "underwater" parks are celebrating their grand opening. The marine protected areas off the south coast include areas like La Jolla, Catalina Island

SAN FRANCISCO - The federal agency that manages West Coast fisheries is being sued for failing to protect the small foraging fish at the bottom of the ocean food chain. The advocacy group Oceana claims the National Marine Fisheries Service has set catch limits that cause overfishing of sardines, mac

The California Coastal Commission is reprimanding a Point Reyes oyster company for stirring up trouble in Drakes Estero. The commission says Drakes Bay Oyster Co.'s motorized boats and plastics pollution pose serious threats to marine habitat and wildlife within the federally designated potential w

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