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PNS Daily Newscast - September 28, 2020 


The New York Times reports President Trump's tax returns show chronic losses; and will climate change make it as a topic in the first presidential debate?


2020Talks - September 28, 2020 


The New York Times obtains President Trump's tax returns, showing chronic loss and debts coming due. And Judge Amy Coney Barrett is Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Public News Service - TX: Public Lands/Wilderness

PHOTO: Day 30 of Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010. CREDIT: Green Fire Productions

AUSTIN, Texas - The second phase of the trial over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is in progress. This portion will include an attempt to determine just how much oil was spilled following the explosion and fire in 2010. According to Sara Gonzalez-Rothi Kronenthal, s

PHOTO: Texans are finding that keeping the lawn green can be an expensive proposition as mother nature has done little to help with the watering. But experts say by adding native species that are drought-resistant, folks can save money and keep the rivers flowing. CREDIT: Steven Polunsky

AUSTIN, Texas – With drought conditions persisting through the state, more Texans are discovering a solution in their backyards – and putting native plants into landscaping can pay off in more ways than one. Jennifer Ellis, senior project coordinator with the Texas Living Waters Projec

PHOTO: The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is being taken to court over the protection of the dunes sagebrush lizard. Defenders of Wildlife says the lizard's habitat is being damaged in 3 Texas counties, but the report from the state comptroller says not a single acre has been impacted. CREDIT: USFWS

AUSTIN, Texas - A plan that was touted as a way for Texas to retain control over and protect threatened and endangered species in the state is being called a failure by Defenders of Wildlife. According to attorney and endangered-species specialist Ya-Wei "Jake" Li, aerial photos and a review of dril

PHOTO: A crowd gathered to watch the release of baby sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore. Credit: National Park Service

AUSTIN, Texas - Industries such as commercial fishing, shipping, and gas and oil often come to mind when thinking about the Texas Gulf Coast - but an even larger economic engine for the region is tourism. A new analysis finds that people who come to Texas to hunt, fish, hike and camp support thousa

PHOTO: A yellow-rumped warbler. CREDIT: Robert Nunnally

AUSTIN, Texas - From their beautiful tunes to their stunning colors, songbirds still are migrating across the state and putting on their best displays this time of year. According to Steve Gross, a past president of the Texas Ornithological Society, while some may believe it's too late for bird-watc

PHOTO: International politics could prove a hurdle in the effort to have the San Antonio Missions be designated a World Heritage Site. Pictured is the Mission San Jose Church.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The years-long effort to secure a World Heritage Site designation for the Alamo and the other San Antonio Missions could be in jeopardy. The designation is awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), but the United States has been wi

PHOTO: The San Saba River in Texas has been named one of America's Most Endangered Rivers for 2013. The report from American Rivers says the San Saba is being threatened by excessive water withdrawals. CREDIT: Frank Bodden

AUSTIN, Texas - The 2013 list of America's Most Endangered Rivers is out - and the San Saba River in Texas is on it. The report from the group American Rivers cites excessive water withdrawals by landowners and irrigators. That has a negative impact on agriculture and the ecosystem, said Griff Thom

PHOTO: Trial is set to begin Monday in the civil case against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This photo was taken 2 years after the spill and environmentalists say the long-term impact is still unknown. CREDIT: Craig Guillot/NWF

AUSTIN, Texas – There is a renewed call to make sure BP is held accountable, as the civil trial for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster nears. Court proceedings are set to start Monday in New Orleans, but it is possible that the trial will be averted with a settlement between BP and the

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