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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Public News Service - OR: Environment

Oregon's U.S. senators have criticized the Interior Department's proposed changes the sage-grouse conservation plan. (Nick Myatt/Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Interior Department is expected to announce its decision soon on the fate of the sage grouse conservation plan, which spans Oregon and 10 other western states. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says his agency is re-examining the plan to see if it hinders energy development,

Oregon communities could start to feel the effects of ocean acidification if climate change isn't curbed, scientists say. (Plumbago/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Will the Trump administration's erasure of climate change references have consequences for the nation? A former government scientist says unequivocally yes. Rick Spinrad, former chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says language is

Oregon has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050. (RVwithTito.com/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. -- Will 2018 be the year Oregon legislators set a cap on carbon emissions? State lawmakers have been working out the details of a cap-and-trade program and expect to introduce a draft bill on January 8, one month before this year's session. The aim is to reduce the carbon emissions cap

Bonneville Dam is one of many in the Columbia River basin. (Colleen Benelli/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Columbia River Treaty negotiations between the United States and Canada are set to begin in 2018, and advocates for the environment say the river's health should be the focus of talks. Conversation, fishing and faith-based groups, as well as tribes in the Columbia River basi

Eastern Pacific leatherback sea turtle populations on the West Coast have decreased by more than 97 percent in the last three generations. (Bernard Dupont/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A new report highlights the ways politics are jeopardizing endangered animals and plants. In "Suppressed: How Politics Drowned Out Science for Ten Endangered Species," the Endangered Species Coalition and its partners say scientific guidance is going by the wayside under the

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was created in 2000 and expanded in 2017. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

ASHLAND, Ore. – Chambers of Commerce and businesses in Oregon and across the country are telling the director of the National Economic Council that national monuments are integral to local economies. A leaked memo from the Interior Department suggests reducing the size of the Cascade-Siskiyo

The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge has burned more than 48,000 acres. (James C. Kling/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A fire in the Columbia River Gorge is slowing down, but debate over what to do next is just heating up. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has introduced a bill to allow a practice known as salvage logging in the area of the Eagle Creek Fire, which burned more than 48,000 acres in the

The Siletz River Ecosystem in Lincoln County provides some of the drinking water for the county's residents. (osunikon/Flickr)

NEWPORT, Ore. – Can a river defend itself in court? On Monday, a judge in Newport will answer that question in the case of the Siletz River Ecosystem. Last May, Lincoln County residents approved a measure banning aerial pesticide spraying – a measure that stated the river had the "ri

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