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PNS Daily Newscast _ March 31, 2020 


Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - UT: Public Lands/Wilderness

PHOTO: Gas wells could be located on the far cliffs in this photo and in the

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's Desolation Canyon wouldn't be quite so desolate with almost 1,300 oil and gas wells drilled in the area. The latest volley in the battle to scale down a project by Gasco, a Colorado-based energy developer, is a lawsuit by conservation groups. They're asking a federal judge t

PHOTO: Dinosaur National Monument is full of ancient pictographs. It is also home to more than 400 fish and wildlife species. Courtesy Nat'l. Park Service.

JENSEN, Utah - It's a skirmish they say they're getting tired of having. Conservation groups filed letters of protest this week asking the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to remove - or at least reconsider offering - some of the land the agency plans to make available for new oil and gas lease sales

PHOTO: This photo of an oil shale deposit in Uinta County was taken in 1916. People have been trying since then to find a profitable way to use it as a fuel source. Courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

VERNAL, Utah - It isn't working out and it's costing taxpayers money. Those are two reasons a congressional watchdog group opposes oil shale development in eastern Utah and neighboring states. In a new report, Taxpayers for Common Sense says the government should stop making loan and price guarantee

PHOTO: A new report finds outdoor opportunities in Utah and other Western states are giving local high tech and other service industry employers and edge in attracting top talent.

SALT LAKE CITY - Western states grew more jobs at nearly double the rate of the rest of the nation over the last four decades, and the access to high-quality outdoor opportunities on public lands is a factor driving that growth, according to a new report. Ben Alexander with Headwaters Economics says

LOGAN, Utah - In western states, including Utah, party lines practically disappear in a new poll about balancing renewable-energy development with protection for public lands. Nearly three out of four voters in 11 states said they favor producing wind and solar power on federal lands. Pollster Chri

GRAPHIC: A land swap between the State of Utah and the Ute Indian Tribe appears to be stalled in the U.S. Senate after passing in the House in June.

FORT DUCHESNE, Utah - Perhaps no one in Utah is more anxious for Congress to end its summer break and get back to work this month than members of the Ute Indian Tribe. A bill that allows the exchange of mineral rights on one parcel of land for another on the Ute reservation was passed by the House i

PHOTO: Person riding a bike in Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - As Utah welcomes outdoor retailers to their giant seasonal trade show in Salt Lake City, the customers of that industry are speaking up about what they expect from a good outdoor experience - and some are saying they can't imagine wanting to hike and cycle, raft and rock-climb in ar

PHOTO: Wind turbines.

MILFORD, Utah - Three sites in Utah are among 17 chosen in six western states by federal agencies as promising spots to develop large-scale solar-energy projects on public land. But the news doesn't necessarily mean the development will follow. Milford Flats, and the Escalante and Wah Wah Valleys,

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