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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - UT: Public Lands/Wilderness

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

The Colorado pikeminnow is one of the endangered fish species threatened by oil-shale development in the Uintah Basin. (TaylorMcKinnon/Center for Biological Diversity)

VERNAL, Utah – A coalition of conservation groups plans to sue the Trump administration over plans to construct a commercial oil-shale development in Utah's Uintah Basin. The groups claim the planned Enefit project would drain billions of gallons of water from the upper Colorado River Basin,

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

The famous rock formations of the San Rafael Swell could gain federal protections under a new bill. (Don Graham/Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY - Nearly 1 million acres in Utah's Emery County are one step closer to gaining increased protections. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday approved the Emery County Public Lands Management Act, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. John Curtis, both R-Ut

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

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

More than 2 million acres of public land are already leased for oil and gas development in Utah. (Edgar Zuniga Jr./Flickr)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Bureau of Land Management is proposing leasing more than 300,000 acres of land in Utah for oil and gas development. And conservation groups fear not enough public input is being sought. Under the Obama administration, oil and gas lease sales were limited to only one regi

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