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PNS Daily Newscast - November 15, 2019 


President Trump asks SCOTUS to block release of his tax returns; use of the death penalty is on the decline across the country; and a push to make nutrition part of the health-care debate.

2020Talks - November 14, 2019 


It's World Diabetes Day, and health care, including the high cost of insulin and other drugs, is a top issue for many voters. Plus, do early states like Iowa and New Hampshire have an outsized role in the nomination process?

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Public News Service - CA: Oceans

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

Scientists say they've encountered many emaciated sea-lion pups in recent years due to dwindling anchovy and sardine fisheries, primary food sources for sea lions. (Oceana)

MONTEREY, Calif. — A conservation group is declaring victory, as a U.S. District Court judge in Northern California has ruled that the federal government's allowable catch for northern anchovies, set in November, is far too high. The Pacific Fishery Management Council will now have to revise

The state of California will begin to decommission Platform Holly near Santa Barbara - the last offshore rig in state waters. (Linda Krop)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The last remaining offshore oil platform in California waters will now be decommissioned, after Venoco, the company that owns it, declared bankruptcy and handed the lease back to the state. Platform Holly off of Santa Barbara was shut down two years ago after a nearby

Studies show diesel emissions are 90 times higher near the Port of Oakland in West Oakland than the state average. (Chris Jordan-Block/Earthjustice)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Millions of Californians live close to a major port and this week, community leaders in West Oakland filed a federal complaint alleging that the continued pollution in their community of color is a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Margaret Gordon, co-founder of the West O

Even small bits of plastic bags can get trapped in a turtle's stomach, causing an untimely death. <br />(NOAA)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California voters soon will decide if the state's ban on plastic shopping bags will stay or blow in the wind. The 2014 ban is on hold pending the outcome of Proposition 67, a simple referendum asking voters to decide whether or not to uphold the ban. Then there's Proposit

The Rincon Island Limited Partnership, an oil facility on an island near Ventura, filed for bankruptcy this week. (Wikimedia Commons)

VENTURA, Calif. - An oil company facing termination of its lease for a facility on a tiny island near the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara made a last-minute bankruptcy filing, even as the State Department of Conservation issued a second enforcement order against it. The Rincon Island Limite

The State Lands Commission votes today on whether to terminate an oil lease off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura. (MSR Photo/iStockphoto)

VENTURA, Calif. - State regulators are voting today on whether to terminate the lease on an aging oil facility just off the coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara. The rigs on Rincon Island haven't produced oil or gas since 2008. Don Drysdale, spokesman for the California Department of Conservati

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