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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 causing some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - TX: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Biologists are concerned that a wall constructed along the U.S.-Mexico border could disrupt migration routes for wildlife, including bighorn sheep that populate Big Bend National Park. (National Park Service)

EL PASO, Texas - As Congress pushes back a funding deadline to avoid a government shutdown, conservation groups are urging representatives to reject any spending bill that includes funding for a border wall. Sergio Avila, a wildlife biologist with The Sierra Club, said he believes the $22 billion p

A number of species call the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge home, but groups worry that border wall construction would threaten their habitat. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife/Flickr)

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A coalition is suing the Trump administration over this month's decision to waive environmental and other laws to move ahead with construction of a wall along the Texas-Mexico border. The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Legal Defense

The Texas Horned Lizard, also called a

AUSTIN, Texas – A new report warns that as many as one-third of America's wildlife species are in crisis but says with funding, their recovery is possible. The report finds that more than 150 U.S. species have already gone extinct and 500 more haven't been seen in decades and could be extinc

The Texas Supreme Court will decide later this year whether Texas cities can legally ban grocery stores and other retailers from offering single-use plastic bags. (Sullivan/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas — A decades-old dispute between Texas cities and state officials over plastic grocery bags has finally made its way to the state Supreme Court. At least 10 Texas cities, including Austin, Brownsville and Lardeo, have passed ordinances outlawing single-use plastic bags in grocer

Conservationissts are worried that many of the endangered Attwater prairie chickens at a wildlife refuge near Houston may have perished in Hurricane Harvey. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

EAGLE LAKE, Texas - Hurricane Harvey disrupted the lives of millions of people along the Texas Gulf Coast, but also may have damaged or destroyed as many as a dozen critical wildlife habitats. The massive storm, with 120-mph winds and rainfall measured in feet, is believed to have damaged nesting s

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has set aside 7,800 acres in Big Bend National Park to protect the Guadalupe fescue, a type of bunchgrass recently added to the endangered species list. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

TERLINGUA, Texas – The federal government has added a species of bunchgrass found mostly in Texas to its list of endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave Guadalupe fescue protected status and set aside 7,800 acres of the fescue's last U.S. location, in Big Bend National Pa

An observation platform sits above the tree canopy in the 2,088-acre Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Advocates say building a border wall through this area would destroy the habitat of endangered species and migrating birds. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

MCALLEN, Texas – A coalition of immigration and conservation groups is planning a major protest over plans to build a portion of the border wall in the Rio Grande Valley. The Trump administration already has begun site preparations for a 74-mile stretch of the wall in Hidalgo and Starr count

Environmental groups fear that a Trump Administration could reverse years of progress to curb climate change, and for cleaner air and water. (phxidalgo/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Some Texas conservation groups fear that gains made in recent years for cleaner air and water could be rolled back by Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress. They are concerned that President-elect Trump has called climate change "a hoax," opposes many EPA regulations, and

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