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PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 


A bipartisan deal reached to avert U.S. government default. Also on our Tuesday rundown: a new report calculates the high hospital costs for employers. Plus, new legislation could help protect Florida's at-risk wildlife.

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Public News Service - NV: Water

A new poll shows Nevadan are extremely concerned about drought, and place great value on federal public land such as the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument. (Alan O’Neill/Outside Las Vegas Foundation)

LAS VEGAS - Nevadans are highly concerned about the drought; 72 percent say it is extremely or very serious according to the new 2016 Conservation in the West poll by Colorado College. Residents ranked drought higher in importance than voters from six other western states did. The poll found 68 pe

Nevada's Drought Summit explored current and future water needs. Credit: Abigail Johnson

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Drought Summit wrapped up Wednesday with a focus on tribes and conservation voices, but other voices were missing, according to Howard Watts, communications specialist with the Great Basin Water Network. Watts says the summit was dominated by big industry, water utilities

Colorado River supports millions of people in Nevada and several other Western states. Courtesy: NASA

LAS VEGAS - As part of Colorado River Day on Saturday, some young people in Nevada are calling on Gov. Brian Sandoval to continue his support for policies that will help ensure the survival of the Colorado River. Maria-Theresa Liebermann, coordinator of the Latino advocacy group Nuestro Rio, said h

Young people from Western states gather for

LAS VEGAS - As part of "Latino Conservation Week," which is this week, young people from Nevada and several other Western states will gather to learn more about the incredible history and future challenges facing the Colorado River. Rosalia Salazar, a college student from Las Vegas, is among abou

PHOTO: The Obama Administration faces a legal challenge from a coalition of states, including Nevada, over the EPA's update to the Clean Water Rule. Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Defense.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada is among thirteen states suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its updated Clean Water Rule. Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt, who filed the suit this week, claims the rule amounts to a power grab by the federal government, seeking greater con

PHOTO: California Gov. Jerry Brown is ordering mandatory water restrictions, but officials in Nevada say the Silver State has had strict conservation measures in place for many years. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

LAS VEGAS - As California implements historic mandatory water restrictions, Nevada officials say the Silver State is prepared to face the ongoing drought after more than a decade of conservation efforts. Bronson Mack, public information officer with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, says the Las

PHOTO: Without help from humans, monster fish such as the white sturgeon face the possibility of extinction, according to Zeb Hogan, a conservation biologist at the University of Nevada - Reno. Photo courtesy of Zeb Hogan, University of Nevada-Reno.

RENO, Nevada - Some of the biggest freshwater fish in North America face certain extinction without human intervention, according to a University of Nevada-Reno researcher. Conservation biologist Zeb Hogan, whose research is featured in an exhibition opening this week at the National Geographic Mus

PHOTO: Stopping fracking on public lands in Nevada is the purpose of a protest planned Tuesday in Reno at the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) public auction of oil and gas leases. Photo credit: BLM.

RENO, Nev. - A protest is planned in Reno today at the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) auction of oil and gas leases that could result in fracking on public lands in Nevada. Dan Patterson, an ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, is among those organizing the protest. He says fracki

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