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PNS Daily Newscast - June 19, 2019 


President Trump kicks off his reelection campaign. Also on today's rundown: a Maryland clergyman testifies in Congress on reparations for slavery; and how a reinstated travel ban will affect cultural crossovers between the United States and Cuba.

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A large pit lake remains at the site of the abandoned Anaconda Copper Mine in Mason Valley, Nev. (Ian Bigley)

LAS VEGAS - In honor of World Water Day, some new documentaries on water pipelines and mining pollution in Nevada are making their debut. The films are being presented free to the public on Thursday night in Las Vegas, Friday night in Reno and Saturday at the Pyramid Lake Museum in Nixon. Ian Bigl

Coal-fired power plants like this one near Page, Ariz., are blamed for about a third of the nation's greenhouse-gas emissions. (ES3N/iStockphotos)

LAS VEGAS – EPA chief Scott Pruitt is signing a proposal today to rescind the Clean Power Plan - a centerpiece of President Obama's effort to combat climate change. The plan would have forced coal-fired power plants to cut carbon emissions significantly and was a big part of the United States'

The EPA safety standard calls for the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Depository to verify it will protect against radiation for one million years. (State of Nevada)

NYE COUNTY, Nev. – Nevada conservation groups are slamming a move by the Trump administration this week to spend $110,000 to start the process of licensing a nuclear-waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will now start gathering documents and plans that go bac

Carson River is one of Nevada's two Superfund sites whose cleanup is funded and managed by the EPA. (Castlelass/Morguefile)

RENO, Nev. -- The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to start the process to rescind multiple environmental protections on Wednesday - the deadline under a review ordered by President Donald Trump. The agency hasn't announced its plans or even held a public hearing, so conservation groups a

The case against a proposed mine that would unearth the metal molybdenum goes to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today. (andriano_cz/iStockphoto)

EUREKA, Nev. – The battle to stop the proposed Eureka mine at Mount Hope, Nevada, moves to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco today. Attorneys for the Western Mining Action Project will ask the three-judge panel to overturn a Reno federal district court's ruling that upheld t

Well pads dot the landscape at the Jonah oil and gas fields in Wyoming. (Bruce Gordon/EcoFlight)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – In a blow to the Obama administration's environmental agenda, a federal judge has struck down the Bureau of Land Management's fracking rules, saying that the president overstepped his authority. The judge ruled late Tuesday that the agency needs permission from Congress to

This Earth Day and advocates are pressing for federal protection for Gold Butte. (Friends of Gold Butte)

LAS VEGAS – Today is Earth Day, time for Nevadans to celebrate the natural world. This weekend, thousands are expected to pack celebrations across the state. Greenfest Las Vegas is being held Saturday in downtown Summerlin. Reno's Earth Day party takes place on Sunday in Idlewild Park. J

A new report from the CDC says drug overdose deaths were down 12.8 percent in 2014, contrary to the national trend. (Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile)

LAS VEGAS - Drug overdoses were down in Nevada by almost 13 percent in 2014. It's the second biggest drop in the country, at a time when many states are seeing major increases according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report said since 2000, the rate

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