PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 

Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 

Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - NM: Animal Welfare

PHOTO: A court action is stopping Valley Meat Company in Roswell, New Mexico, from starting its horse slaughterhouse, at least temporarily. Photo courtesy HSUS.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Valley Meat Co. in Roswell cannot begin its horse slaughterhouse business, at least for now. A federal appeals court issued a temporary injunction after the Humane Society of the United States appealed an earlier court decision allowing horse slaughterhouses in New Mexico and Misso

Bears in the Sandia Mountains are entering towns looking for food during the long New Mexico drought.<br />Courtesy of: Jim Robertson.<br />

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - What is being portrayed by some as an infrequent and humane response to hungry bears entering towns looking for food, is actually quite another matter, according to Jan Hayes founder of Sandia Mountain Bear Watch. Hayes is looking for the state to institute stopgap diversionary

PHOTO: American horses are held in export pens in Texas and New Mexico before transported to slaughter in Mexico. This American horse was most likely injured during transport. American horses are kept in a holding pen in San Jerónimo Mexico, just over the New Mexico border. Courtesy Kathy Milani, for HSUS.<br />

ROSWELL, N.M. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted Valley Meat's application to start domestic horse slaughter in New Mexico. In Congress, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees already have said they won't fund inspections of any horse-slaughter plants in 2014 despite the USDA'

PHOTO: Pumpkin, a 24-year-old chimpanzee at the Alamogordo Primate Facility, loves coconuts and kiddie swimming pools. APF is a chimpanzee reserve where no research is conducted.<br />Courtesy: N-I-H.<br />

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - Hope for chimpanzees used for laboratory research came Wednesday morning, when National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins announced a decision to retire nearly 90 percent of the NIH chimps. Collins said the agency plans to keep as many as 50 chimpanzees available

PHOTO: Flo, held in captivity most of her life, is now 55. A ruling to recognize all chimpanzees as endangered could mean retirement from lab testing in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Courtesy of NIH.<br />

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - Chimpanzees in cages and out could be eligible for a privilege currently reserved only for those in the wild, thanks to a change in what is known as a "split-listing." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed a rule change to classify all chimpanzees as endangered und

Homeless horses get a new chance at life thanks to animal advocates.  Ashanti and her just-born new colt at San Juan Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Farmington, NM on March 6, 2013.<br />PHOTO Courtesy of Debbie Coburn.<br />

AZTEC, N.M. - Horse advocates' answer to slaughter is a safety net for unwanted horses. Creating it calls for coordinating population control, law enforcement and cooperation between agencies and stakeholders. It is a major task being taken on by animal advocates such as Debbie Coburn, CEO, Four C

PHOTO: Storm water runs off into drains and often carries industrial waste and other pollutants. Legal action against a prospective horse slaughterhouse in Roswell alleges that its waste violates the Clean Water Act. Courtesy: EPA

ROSWELL, N.M. - New Mexico's Valley Meat Co. has another obstacle in its path to becoming a horse slaughterhouse. A Larkspur, Colo., group, Front Range Equine Rescue, has notified the Roswell company and two federal agencies - the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agricultu

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CATRON COUNTY, N.M. - Just as the Mexican Wolf Recovery program was finishing its 15th year, a Mexican gray wolf was shot and killed by a federal Wildlife Services agent. At almost the same time, the release of two pairs of Mexican wolves was announced. The shooting, which took place on Jan. 19, was

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