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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Upstream Battle for Salmon Recovery in Congress Today

March 13, 2007

There's something "fishy" in the hallowed halls of Congress today. A new bill would require independent economic and scientific review of federal salmon recovery efforts in the Pacific Northwest. Liz Hamilton with the Northwest Sportsfishing Industry Association says recovery efforts have to consider all the communities that would be affected, and this bill is a good start.

"This [bill]looks at how to keep the communities whole that farm, transport goods and services, and produce electricity for our region. So, this is about how we move together as a region to maintain salmon, good energy and a good transportation system."

The Salmon Economic Analysis and Planning Act (sponsored by Reps. Jim McDermott D-WA and Tom Petri D-WI with the support of Rep. Earl Blumenhauer) calls for new dam removal studies, and a review of current federal recovery efforts and other factors that impact salmon.

Hamilton argues the declining numbers of wild salmon are evidence that the current federal plan isn't working, and she says a better scientific review will help.

"This bill will get us a real look at what it will cost and what we need to do to maintain salmon in the Northwest."

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR