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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24 


The ground rules seem to have been set concerning the sexual assault allegations against nominee Brett Kavenaugh. Also on the Monday rundown: we will take you to a state where more than 60 thousand kids are chronically absent; plus the rural digital divide a two-fold problem for Kentucky.

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Public News Service - NV: Rural/Farming

Research suggests the amounts of water and land needed to grow corn for ethanol are not sustainable in the U.S. (Flickr)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Ethanol – the corn product blended into gasoline – was meant to make fuel cleaner in the United States. But a new report by the Environmental Protection Agency shows biofuel has created another set of environmental problems. Nevada's Desert Research Institut

Minority families are helping support shops and schools in many rural communities. (ulkare/iStockphoto)

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Two Nevada counties are the fastest growing rural counties in the West, due in large part to an influx of minority residents, who make up a growing share of the labor force, according to a new report. Analysis from Headwaters Economics found that 99 percent of all non-metro we

Today is World Wildlife Day. In Nevada, habitat protection plays into the debate over control of  federal public land. (Castlelass/morguefile)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Today, March 3, is World Wildlife Day and Nevada conservation groups are pushing hard on several fronts to protect wildlife in the Silver State. Perhaps the most controversial issue is the movement to transfer federal lands to state control. Eighty-one percent of the land in N

The Oregon standoff protesters' ideas about federal land ownership are well-known in Nevada. And the leaders have deep ties to the Silver State. (Castlelass/morguefile)

LAS VEGAS – Nevada critics of the armed seizure of a federal facility in Oregon are speaking out – since the protest leaders have deep ties to the Silver State. The leaders of the armed group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge – demanding the federal government hand o

The USDA estimates farmers markets that have been open at least two years have seen a 64 percent increase in customer traffic. Courtesy: Shirley's Farmers Markets

RENO, Nev. - Americans increasingly want to know where their food comes from and how it was grown, which may account for the booming popularity of farmers markets in Nevada and around the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the first week of August as "National Farmers Market Week

PHOTO: As wildfire season gets underway in Nevada, trees that are unusually dry from the ongoing drought may pose a serious fire threat. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

RENO, Nev. – Drought-ravaged trees could pose a serious threat to homeowners and forest communities as Nevada's wildfire season gets underway. Amy Ray, a fire marshal with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, says years of drought has caused many trees to dry out, which could create

PHOTO: Efforts involving ranchers, conservationists and government agencies continue in Nevada and other Western states to improve enough habitat to avoid having the sage-grouse listed as a threatened or endangered species. Photo credit National Park Service.

AUSTIN, Nev. - Private landowners and conservationists in Nevada and several other Western states continue to work together to prevent the sage-grouse from being listed as an endangered species. Duane Coombs, manager of the 250,000-acre Smith Creek Ranch near Austin, Nevada, is among those working

PHOTO: The Sierra Nevada Mountains are inching upward, and research from the University of Nevada-Reno connects the shift to farmers pulling water from aquifers beneath Californian's fertile Central Valley. Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management.

RENO, Nev. - Research from the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) has linked water extraction in California's Central Valley to upward movement of the Sierra Nevada mountains and earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault. Professor Geoff Blewitt with the UNR College of Science says his research shows that d

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