PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - OR: Rural/Farming

An Oregon fishing guide says fishers worry about the effects of ethanol on their outboard motors. (Michelle B./Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A bill to reform the biofuels mandate could reverse a decade of destruction to America's grasslands, according to environmental groups. The GREENER Fuels Act would gradually reduce the amount of biofuels such as corn ethanol in the nation's fuel supply. It also would stop

A new coalition is suggesting a new purpose for on-air frequencies no longer used by television stations to bring high speed Internet to rural areas. (jarmoluk/Pixabay)

HERMISTON, Ore. – A new coalition is launching an effort to bring high-speed Internet to places that need it most – rural communities in Oregon and across the country. Connect Americans Now is made up of rural advocacy groups, Internet service providers and technology companies such as

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

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

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union could use its new Christmas Valley branch as a blueprint for other rural branches. (Courtesy of Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union)

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, Ore. – Last year, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon reached out to the Northwest Credit Union Association, explaining that a rural part of Lake County in southern Oregon was in need of financial services. Now, Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union on Monday is holding the grand

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

Eighteen conservation groups sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown asking her to halt the killing of wolves in Northeast Oregon. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed four members of the Harl Butte wolf pack and authorized killing two more from the Meacham pack after livestock deaths in northeast Oregon. The decision has made calls from conservation groups even more urgent to revise the state

Summer Academy in Baker City provides interactive summer learning opportunities for children. (Jason Todd/Summer Academy 2017)

BAKER CITY, Ore. – Children cherish summer as a time when they are free from school, but the lack of academics can leave them behind in class the next year, educators say. That's especially the case for students from low-income families who often don't have the resources for summer learning

Winter storms in January caused more than $17 million in damage in eastern Oregon. (Ore. Office of Emergency Management)

NYSSA, Ore. — The federal government's decision not to provide aid for Oregon counties after damaging winter storms has some in eastern Oregon asking, "What about us?” The state is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision not to provide assistance to the region, whi

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