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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - UT: Environment

BLM bulldozers, using tools such as bullhog masticators and anchor chains, annually strip thousands of acres of native vegetation from public lands in the West. (WildUtahProject)

MOAB, Utah — Conservation groups are calling on the Bureau of Land Management to halt work on massive "vegetation treatment" programs inside Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance said an analysis of existing scientific literature finds little evid

Air quality in Salt Lake City turns dangerous each winter when a natural air inversion traps pollution from coal-fired power plants and other sources in the atmosphere. (WikimediaCommons)

SALT LAKE CITY — Members of Moms Clean Air Force testified Monday before the Environmental Protection Agency over plans to roll back protections on toxic air pollutants. More than 30 moms from 15 states condemned a Trump administration proposal to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, ca

Parts of Salt Lake City, seen here on a clear day, have been in non-attainment of federal air-quality standards for more than a decade. (Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – A coalition of community, conservation and public health groups has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice to enforce air-quality standards in Utah or it will sue the agency. The coalition, which includes the Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Environment

Critics fear a multi-million-dollar donation is giving the Koch brothers too much sway at Utah State University. (Katie Garrett/Flickr)

LOGAN, Utah – A new research center at Utah State University continues to draw criticism over its connection to the politically influential billionaires Charles and David Koch. The Koch brothers last year pledged $25 million to the university to establish the Center for Growth and Opportunit

A 2013 University of Colorado study found methane contributed to extremely high ozone pollution in Utah's Uintah Basin. (Jeremy Buckingham/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – In its push for what it calls energy dominance, the Trump administration this week reversed Obama-era rules to limit methane leaks in the oil and gas industry. Conservation groups say the move will have consequences in Utah. In the process of drilling for oil and gas, the g

Some Bureau of Land Management tracts being leased are near Canyonlands National Park. (tsaiproject/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management today is opening up more than 200,000 acres of public land in Utah to lease sales for oil and gas development. And many who oppose the move are speaking out. The Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

More than 600 Rise for Climate events are planned around the world for Saturday. (Takver/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – Some Utah communities will be part of this Saturday's worldwide call for attention to climate change with rallies and marches. The groups hosting the Salt Lake City event are encouraging anyone who's concerned about environmental issues to get out and vote. The Utah Climat

The Bureau of Land Management has proposed four alternative management plans each for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. (BLM/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – The conflict surrounding Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments continues this week. President Donald Trump drastically downsized the two southern Utah monuments through an executive order last December. This week, the Bureau of Land Management released

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