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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump 'fixer' Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: Higher smoking rates cause some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - NV: Water

Eight in 10 acres of land in Nevada are federally owned, so public-lands issues are ever present in the state's political debates. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

CARSON CITY, Nev. - More than 80 percent of land in Nevada is federally owned, the greatest portion of any state. So, Nevada candidates in the midterm elections are addressing public-lands issues, from nuclear waste sites to water and grazing rights. Ryan Bundy, known for armed standoffs on pu

Many rural Nevada communities are opposed to the idea of pumping groundwater from outlying regions of the state to serve Las Vegas. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Members of Nevada's Native American communities are planning to run nearly 300 miles next week to call for more sustainable water management in the state. The Nevada state engineer denied a permit in August for a controversial pipeline plan decades in the making, to pump gr

Records show the water in Lake Tahoe is warming up quickly, which is throwing off the natural balance of the lake's ecosystem. (Andrew Toskin/Flickr)

RENO, Nev. – As summer nears its end, climate experts say this season shows that climate change is having a serious impact in Nevada. July was the hottest month ever recorded for the city of Reno with 14 days over 100 degrees. August has been warmer than average, too. Scott McGuire, cooper

The zero-waste movement encourages consumers to avoid individually wrapped items. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

RENO, Nev. -- Statistics show the average Nevadan creates more than 38 tons of trash each year. And now students at the University of Nevada-Reno are joining in a global movement to create a world without waste. They held a workshop on sustainability this weekend to get people thinking about how t

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

Lake Mead is part of the Colorado River system, key to water planning in the Southwest.(Ladyheart/Morguefile)

LAS VEGAS -- The 21st century is going to be a whole lot drier than the last one - in Nevada and up and down the Colorado River basin. Water managers are going to have to use every tool in the arsenal to keep the water flowing. That's the main message at a panel on water resources being held Thurs

The idea of a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain is widely opposed in Nevada, but is nonetheless being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. (Taliesin/morguefile)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The proposal to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, outside Las Vegas, may be getting new life at a hearing tomorrow before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce's subcommittee on Environment. President Trump recently proposed $120 million to res

Happi American Horse chains himself to construction equipment at an August protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Desiree Kane/Wikimedia Commons)

RENO, Nev. – About a hundred Nevadans are expected to rally in Reno today, part of a 200-city national day of action to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it will not restart construction for now, in order to facilitate more discussion with the

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