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PNS Daily Newscast - July 20, 2018.  


Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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A solar farm near Medford, Ore., also is home to 48 thriving bee colonies. (Pine Gate Renewables)

MEDFORD, Ore. - Bees are enjoying their days in the sun on a clean-energy farm in southern Oregon. The Eagle Point solar farm outside Medford is the largest "solar apiary" in the country, incorporating designs that benefit pollinators. It's home to 48 bee colonies interspersed among solar panels, w

The plastic in straws and other items breaks down in the ocean to small pieces that accumulate toxins. (Joel Bombardier/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. — An effort to ban plastic straws is sweeping the nation, and Portland is one of the latest cities to consider eliminating these single-use items. Last week, the city council voted to study ways in which the city can reduce use of non-recyclable plastics, specifically straws.

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

Oregon's U.S. senators have criticized the Interior Department's proposed changes the sage-grouse conservation plan. (Nick Myatt/Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Interior Department is expected to announce its decision soon on the fate of the sage grouse conservation plan, which spans Oregon and 10 other western states. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says his agency is re-examining the plan to see if it hinders energy development,

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

Eastern Pacific leatherback sea turtle populations on the West Coast have decreased by more than 97 percent in the last three generations. (Bernard Dupont/Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A new report highlights the ways politics are jeopardizing endangered animals and plants. In "Suppressed: How Politics Drowned Out Science for Ten Endangered Species," the Endangered Species Coalition and its partners say scientific guidance is going by the wayside under the

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

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

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