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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - TX: Public Lands/Wilderness

The GulfCorps project plans to hire 300 new conservation workers to help restore portions of the Gulf Coast damaged by the 2010 BP oil spill. (Thayer/GettyImages)

GALVESTON, Texas -- Conservation groups announced that 300 new conservation jobs will be created in Texas and other Gulf Coast states with restoration funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. The $7 million project, funded by fines from the incident, will repair and restore coastal area

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

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline would transport natural gas across a 148-mile stretch of West Texas to Mexico, including tunneling under the Rio Grande River. (struvictory/iStockphoto)

ALPINE, Texas – A recent victory by protesters in North Dakota to stop a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline has inspired West Texas environmental groups that oppose a similar project. Protesters of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, including the Big Bend Defense Coalition, have recently escalated

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

A swimmer prepares to dive into the cold, clear water of the pool at Balmorhea State Park. (Texas Parks and Wildlife photo)

ALPINE, Texas – Environmentalists are deeply concerned over plans by a Texas oil company to drill thousands of wells near iconic Balmorhea State Park in the Big Bend region. Houston-based Apache Corporation has leased 300,000 acres surrounding the environmentally sensitive park and plans to us

Native Americans and environmental groups protest at the Houston headquarters of Energy Transfer Partners, the contractor building Dakota Access and other pipeline projects. (Grassroots Global Justice Alliance)

HOUSTON – A coalition of environmental groups and Native American activists has taken protests over a controversial pipeline to the Houston offices of the company building the project. Dressed in traditional tribal garb, chanting and dancing to native drums, dozens gathered this week at the h

Conservation groups have filed suit to protect the endangered ocelot from a federal program to kill other predators such as coyotes and bobcats. (TomSmiley/USFWS)

HARLINGEN, Texas - A pair of conservation groups has sued to protect endangered ocelots by blocking a federal agency's plan to remove other predators from parts of Texas and Arizona. The lawsuit seeks changes in a wildlife management program that uses traps and poisons to remove coyotes, bobcats, a

A new report says oil and gas operations on University of Texas System public lands are a major source of methane emissions. (bashta/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Environmental groups, professors and students are demanding that the University of Texas System reduce methane emissions from oil and gas facilities on its public lands. A new analysis says the 9,000 oil and gas wells drilled on university land in West Texas are a major contri

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