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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


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The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - ID: Water

Under Rep. Mike Simpson's plan, $10 billion would be invested in clean energy to replace power from the lower Snake River dams. (knowlesgallery/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- The Northwest infrastructure plan developed by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, would benefit more than salmon. It would also mean a major investment in clean energy for the region. Simpson's proposal allocates $10 billion to replace power from the four lower Snake River dams if they're

Idaho GOP Rep. Mike Simpson's infrastructure proposal includes $3 billion to address water quality across the Northwest. (Bob Wick/U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

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BOISE, Idaho -- A $33 billion infrastructure plan for the Northwest developed by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, continues to shake up the region. While the potential removal of four dams on the lower Snake River has garnered attention, other parts of the proposal are equally important for the Northwes

Salmon and steelhead on the Snake River have dwindled dramatically in recent decades. (Sam Beebe/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- An Idaho congressman may have taken the first step in untangling the tricky knot of dams in the Northwest and their effects on salmon. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, laid out a $33 billion Columbia Basin Fund. While it includes breaching the four lower Snake River dams, it also addres

Ten of the 112 wastewater facilities in Idaho accounted for nearly half of all discharge violations. (MarekPhotoDesign.com/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho - Wastewater facilities in Idaho are flush with pollution violations. The Idaho Conservation League's fourth annual wastewater treatment report found more than three-quarters of plants violated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discharge permits between 2017 and 2019. Austin Walk

Runoff from dairy and farming operations contains nitrogen that is affecting drinking water for people in Twin Falls and other parts of eastern Idaho. (Mark Gunn/Flickr)

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KETCHUM, Idaho -- A new report raises growing concern about contamination of Idaho's Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. The Idaho Conservation League has released its second groundwater report on the aquifer, which supplies drinking water for more than 300,000 Idahoans. Josh Johnson, a conservation as

Only 14 salmon born in central Idaho's Redfish Lake returned from the ocean last year. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Sockeye salmon offspring are making their way from central Idaho to the Pacific Ocean. Many people in the Northwest see the 1,000-mile journey as miraculous. But the tiny smolt face a number of challenges and the species is near extinction. Andy Munter is the owner of Backwoods M

The South Fork Salmon River in central Idaho is a popular recreation river. (Wendy Jones/American Rivers)

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MCCALL, Idaho -- For the third year in a row, the South Fork Salmon River has been named one of the most endangered in the country. That's according the group American Rivers, which has released its list of the country's ten most threatened rivers. For the South Fork Salmon, the threat comes from

Salmon and steelhead return numbers on the Snake River have plummeted in recent decades. (Matthew Dillon/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Energy companies and conservation groups want to bridge the divide on a contentious issue in the Northwest: the future of four Snake River dams. This week, utilities and environmental groups came together to write an open letter to the governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washing

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