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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 

U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.

2020Talks - September 23, 2020 

Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - NM: Animal Welfare

Photo: The Humane Society of the United States is honoring former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson for his efforts to help prevent horse slaughter in the U-S. Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is honoring former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for his efforts to help prevent horse slaughter in the U.S. Keith Dane, HSUS vice president for equine protection, said the organization recently named Richardson its "2013 Humane Horse

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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