PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - WY: Climate Change/Air Quality

CASPER, Wyo. - Public health, energy policy and the environment were voted on specifically more than 20 times when the U.S. House recently approved a new spending bill, according to a new scorecard from the national League of Conservation Voters. Votes on specific issues were tracked, and because th

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A hybrid in every garage is the mantra behind a new campaign by more than a dozen environmental groups to increase the car fuel efficiency standard to 60 miles per gallon (mpg), but in Wyoming, families are more likely to drive trucks. The National Resource Defense Council clean veh

CASPER, Wyo. - The coal industry is cleaning up its act when it comes to air pollution, according to a new report from the Clean Air Task Force that outlines connections between coal-fired power plant emissions and premature deaths. In fact, the number of yearly deaths has been cut almost in half si

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The EPA is taking a close look at what happens to air quality when oil and gas drilling operations move in. The agency is updating industry rules for monitoring and reducing pollution, which can include chemicals used in production, as well as the usual pollution: ozone and particle

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming jobs are being debated at a hearing today before the U.S. House and Senate Western Caucuses. Up for examination at the so-called "War on Western Jobs" hearing are what the caucuses claim are the negative impacts of administration policies, or proposed policies, on public lan

LANDER, Wyo. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is a powerful agency when it comes to reducing environmental impacts of oil and gas development on public lands - but the agency is reluctant to wield that power after a drilling lease is granted, according to an in-depth analysis of BLM regulatory

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Wyoming gets kudos for forging ahead with wind energy production, but a new report from Headwaters Economics finds the state will have to do much more than that to take advantage of its potential in the emerging green energy economy. Report author Julia Haggerty says their analysi

RAWLING, Wyo. - Red Desert drilling plans are headed for the courtroom. Several conservation groups have filed a federal lawsuit over the BLM's recent Rawlins Resource Management Plan, which sets guidelines for how lands in the district will be used and maintained. That plan opened 97 percent of the

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