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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


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Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - NV: Water

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

PHOTO: Devils Hole is home to a rare fish that researchers say faces a serious threat of extinction because of warming waters caused by climate change. Photo credit: Desert Reach Institute.

LAS VEGAS - Climate change is being blamed for the sharp decline in the population of the nearly-extinct Devils Hole pupfish, which exists only in one small area of southern Nevada east of Death Valley National Park. Hydrologist Mark Hausner at the Desert Research Institute has done extensive studi

PHOTO: A $3.8 million federal grant is helping researchers at the University of Nevada study how to meet growing demand with a declining water supply. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

RENO, Nev. - Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno will spend the next several years studying how to deal with a limited water supply linked to ongoing climate change. Maureen McCarthy is interim director with the University of Nevada-Reno's Academy for the Environment. She says the universi

GRAPHIC: Residents in northern Nevada are being asked to conserve water as the ongoing drought continues to wreak havoc on municipal water supplies. Photo courtesy of the California Department of General Services.

RENO, Nev. - The severity of Nevada's ongoing drought has prompted the Truckee Meadows Water Authority to call upon its thousands of customers in Reno, Sparks and Washoe counties to conserve water. Mark Foree, general manager of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, says the lack of water has forced

PHOTO: The Nevada Department of Wildlife warns residents can expect more contact with deer, rattlesnakes, black bears and other animals as drought pushes wildlife into populated areas in search of food and water. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada's ongoing, severe drought is causing food shortages pushing wildlife closer to populated areas occupied by humans. Chris Healy with the Nevada Department of Wildlife says ultra-dry conditions are causing mule deer, elk, black bears, coyotes, and rattlesnakes to seek food

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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