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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - NV: Water

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day arrives amid stay-at-home orders, which could make it the perfect time for a backyard compost bin project. (Antranias/Pixabay)

RENO, Nev. -- Today marks the first time Earth Day has been celebrated virtually, and with many people still on "stay-at-home" orders, some environmental groups see a silver lining. Until the coronavirus pandemic upended normal life, Americans spent 40% to 50% of their food costs on eating out. Jo

A new Nevada group aims to fight climate change by working to limit sprawl around the Las Vegas area. (Ron Reiring/Flickr)

LAS VEGAS -- More than a half-dozen progressive groups announced Tuesday that they're banding together to form a new group, to be known as the Nevada Climate Justice Coalition. The new organization will work to educate people on the effects of climate change, especially on low-income communities of

Conservation groups say seasonal wetlands in arid states like Nevada are likely to lose federal protections by repealing the Waters of the United States rule. (Ken_Lund)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Trump administration announced on Thursday the withdrawal of Obama-era anti-pollution protections for smaller streams, known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule – and in Nevada, state officials are not denouncing the move. Nevada Attorney General Aar

The Anaconda Copper Mine was most active from 1952 to 1978 and closed in 2000. Dietrick McGinnis)

YERINGTON, Nev. – Members of the public can get a closer look at the now closed Anaconda Copper Mine site near Yerington as part of a free bus tour offered in 3 weeks by a group that advocates for clean water. The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada is chartering a bus from Reno on Sat

Western Shoshone tribal leaders say a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain would expose their land and people to too much risk. (Johnny Bobb)

TONOPAH, Nev. - The Western Shoshone Nation is inviting the public to join its protest this weekend against moves by the Trump administration to restart operations at the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. Members began their annual sacred walk in Tonopah on Monday and will end in Mercury on

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

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

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