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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - WA: Public Lands/Wilderness

Northwest tribes oppose the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, which could increase oil tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca sevenfold. (Mark Klotz/Flickr)

SEATTLE – This year, Native tribes have been at the forefront of opposition against expanding oil and gas transport in the Northwest. They say the latest threat to the environment and their way of life is the Trans Mountain Pipeline through British Columbia – and Houston-based Kinder M

Washington state ranks fourth in the nation for Christmas tree production. (Brian Mize/The Nature Conservancy)

CLE ELUM, Wash. – With the holiday season here, many Washingtonians have an important decision to make: Should they buy a real or artificial Christmas tree? While it may seem as though cutting down a tree is not a green decision, there are actually benefits for the environment and local co

The Prescribed Fire Training Exchange is taking place in north central Washington, mainly on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest land. (The Nature Conservancy)

PLAIN, Wash. -- The state is hosting its first-ever Prescribed Fire Training Exchange as another devastating fire season comes to an end. Over this week and the next, agencies and groups will come together in north central Washington to trade tips on managing blazes and to explore the use of fire

Northwest tribes are fighting the proposed expansion of the TransMountian Pipeline, which would stretch from the Alberta tar sands to Puget Sound. (Stop Carbon Pollution/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The mother of all pipelines could be coming to the Northwest, and Native Americans in the region want their voices heard on the proposal. The Houston-based company, Kinder Morgan's expanded TransMountain Pipeline would stretch from the Alberta tar sands to Puget Sound and could tra

A federal judge will allow $37 million to be spent to improve the Ice Harbor Dam, but the Corps of Engineers will have to give advance notice of future investments. (salmonrecovery/Flickr)

SEATTLE – A federal judge has ordered more water be released from dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers to improve survival chances for endangered salmon in the region. The order came from U.S. District Judge Michael Simon on a motion filed by conservation groups that had support from t

Proposed cuts to Puget Sound restoration could hurt Washington's shellfish industry. (Ingrid Taylar/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Trump Administration has proposed cutting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding for Puget Sound restoration by 93 percent, and that could be bad news for businesses that rely on the continued water cleanup efforts. Funding would drop from $28 million to $2 million.

Federal agencies have released a new plan to recover grizzly bear numbers in the North Cascades region of Washington state. (Gregory

SEATTLE – Federal agencies have released a draft plan for how to recover the grizzly bear population in the North Cascades region of Washington state. Suffering from increasingly thinning populations, a grizzly hasn't been sighted in the U.S. portion of the North Cascades since 1996, althoug

President Obama has protected three new national monuments. He designated the San Juan Islands National Monument in 2013. (Jennifer McNew/BLM)

SEATTLE - President Obama on Thursday released an historic memorandum calling on public-lands agencies to be more inclusive of America's increasingly diverse population. He also designated three new national monuments and expanded two others. Part of the president's vision of more inclusive nationa

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