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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - NM: Public Lands/Wilderness

Santa Fe - There's a hearing today on rule changes for the energy industry in New Mexico that some say are just the pits. That's the word from conservation groups and industry watchdogs concerned about changes, proposed by the Richardson administration, that would affect the pits that oil and gas co

Albuquerque - New Mexico could lead the way from the 19th century into the 21st when it comes to mining. Senator Jeff Bingaman chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee and is reportedly preparing to champion a measure to reform an 1872 law which governs hardrock mining on federal lands. Under t

Albuquerque, NM - A package of public lands bills, including protections for some of New Mexico's wilderness gems, ran into a hurdle last week in Congress, but will likely get a second chance this week. Supporters of adding new wilderness designations say they are now a bargain for taxpayers, thanks

Las Vegas, NM - Expect "wild" floor action in Congress this week. That's the hope of wilderness advocates in New Mexico and elsewhere across the country as the U.S. House of Representatives takes up a package of bills that would designate new wilderness, including thousands of acres in New Mexico. I

Several environmental groups have filed suit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to challenge a plan that clears the way for oil shale development in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. While many promote oil shale as a non-foreign answer to the nation's oil needs, the lawsuit references BLM researc

Las Cruces - Local politicians, concerned citizens and conservation groups are criticizing a plan to build an energy corridor up to three-quarters of a mile wide between Las Cruces and the nearby Organ Mountains. Although the Department of Energy found no significant environmental impact as a result

Albuquerque - A former head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) says new plans for managing public lands in Utah should pique the interest of New Mexicans. Jim Baca, BLM director during the first Clinton administration and a former mayor of Albuquerque, says plans for public lands in Utah should

Socorro, NM - Some say it is a small, but important, defeat for would-be water speculators in New Mexico. Broe, an out-of-state company, has withdrawn its request to appropriate public water resources in Catron County, after running into legal challenges and opposition from local residents. Bruce F

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