PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - OR: Salmon Recovery

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

A new report finds cleaning the Columbia River up for fish would have significant economic value for the region. (Thomas/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A cleaner Columbia River could unlock even more economic potential for the Northwest, according to a new report. In Earth Economics' analysis of the Columbia River Basin, its natural value totals nearly $200 billion dollars annually in food, water, recreation, flood risk reductio

The Klamath River flows through southern Oregon and northern California. (Tami Heilemann/Dept. of the Interior)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D)and California Governor Jerry Brown (D) met at an event along the Klamath River Wednesday to agree to remove four dams from the river. They were joined by Native American tribal leaders, the electric utility PacifiCorp, and other groups interested in re

The Iron Gate Dam is one of four slated for removal if all parties agree on amendments to the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. (California Trout)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A plan for the Klamath Basin water-use agreements may have expired in Congress, but at least part of it was resuscitated this week. The states of Oregon and California, the utility PacifiCorp and two federal agencies, the Commerce and Interior Departments, say they're moving

In Oregon, the spotted frog's range includes only a half-dozen counties and the species has long been considered a candidate for protection. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

BEND, Ore. - A second federal lawsuit has been filed to protect the Oregon spotted frog - but more broadly, to change the way water is being managed in Central Oregon's Deschutes River Basin. Since 2008, according to the group WaterWatch of Oregon, federal agencies and local irrigators have promise

Klamath Basin water users are concerned that the region's overarching water-rights agreement will die in Congress this month. (

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - With one week to go before Congress is scheduled to wrap up its session for the year, it's looking unlikely that the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement will be approved. The last-minute draft bill from Congressman Greg Walden, R-Ore., doesn't align with the Senate bill to m

Fisheries biologists are just some of the positions to be filled by the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and Washington. Courtesy: USFS Pacific Northwest Region

PORTLAND, Ore. - You'll have to get organized in the next few days if you want to be considered for a job working in one of the 16 national forests in the Northwest next spring or summer. The U.S. Forest Service is hiring more than 1,000 seasonal workers, but the time to apply is short - only one w

The J.C. Boyle Dam is one of four slated for decommissioning if Congress approves the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Time is running out for Congress to pass the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. But at the White House Tribal Nations Conference late last week, there were glimmers of hope that it could still be possible. President Obama told the group he's committed to working with tribal

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