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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

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A coalition of groups has launched a petition asking President Obama to make public lands more welcoming to minority groups. (Latino Outdoors)

LOS ANGELES - As the National Park Service turns 100 this summer, a broad coalition of conservation, civil rights, environmental justice and faith-based groups is pressing the White House to make public lands more welcoming to people of color. The group has launched a petition on Change.Org asking P ...Read More

Liasing Seichow from the Asian Pacific Environmental Network speaks at a press conference Wednesday announcing the

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - More than two dozen California progressive organizations announced Wednesday they're forming a new coalition called the "Building the California Dream Alliance." The groups advocate for many different issues ranging from gender equity, environmental justice, workers' rights, imm ...Read More

The Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Lewiston, Idaho. (Idaho Rivers United)

BOISE, Idaho - A big victory for wild fish in Idaho on Wednesday, as a District Court judge in Portland, Oregon, invalidated the 2014 Columbia Basin salmon biological opinion or "bi-op." The judge didn't think the plan by federal agencies did enough to prevent the extinction of endangered salmon and ...Read More

The Portland Public Schools Board gave the student-led group ALLY a victory when it approved ethnic studies courses in Portland high schools. (APANO)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The diverse history of the United States will reach Portland high school students in 2018, thanks to a resolution unanimously passed by the city's Public Schools Board this week. The student-led group Asian and Pacific Islander Leaders for the Liberation of Youth, or ALLY, l ...Read More

Google's self-driving cars, like the one above, have logged more than 1.5 million miles of autonomous driving.(Grendelkhan/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE - Ready or not, here they come. Driverless cars have made their way to the state of Washington. Google is testing its fleet of driverless cars in Kirkland. The company chose the city as a testing ground because of its hilly terrain and wet road conditions much of the year. Kirkland Mayor A ...Read More

Wyoming officials are prepared to allow hunting and killing of Yellowstone grizzlies if the bears are removed from the Endangered Species List. (Skeeze/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - If the Yellowstone grizzly is removed from the Endangered Species List, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it's prepared to allow bears currently living on more than two million acres of habitat near the official Demographic Monitoring Area to be moved, hunted and killed, acc ...Read More

A new report shows the state has sold off 1.7 million acres of land over the past century, many for industrial uses that cut off public access, such as this gravel pit near Boise. (Brad Brooks, The Wilderness Society)

BOISE, Idaho - In its history, the state of Idaho has sold 1.7 million acres of land to private interests, according to an analysis of land sale records by The Wilderness Society. In a report released today called "Sold! Idaho lands - and recreation access - lost to the highest bidder," the societ ...Read More

Northwest forests could start to resemble subtropical forests, according to a model of climate change from scientists at Washington State University. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - In the near future, Pacific Northwesterners could look out their windows and see something more similar to the Amazon than the cold, misty forests they're used to. Based on an aggregate of climatic forecasts, researchers at Washington State University have developed a model of what the Un ...Read More

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