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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - OR: Environment

Rogue River rafting outfitter Zach Collier is excited about potential federal protection of his favorite watershed, Baldface Creek, in southern Oregon. (Zachary Collier/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A bill to protect unique Oregon landscapes has made it through a key committee in the U.S. Senate. Introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, the Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act would extend safeguards for the Rogue River and create protections surrounding the Molalla

Pumped hydro storage can be used to store energy from renewable energy sources, like wind and solar. (Wikimedia Commons)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – As the Pacific Northwest eyes using more renewable energy, one big question arises – how will it be stored? New research from the firm Energy and Environmental Economics finds the region's current storage capacity could fall short by 10,000 megawatts by 2030. On

The Sunrise Movement plans to continue climate strikes through the 2020 election. (Sue/Adobe Stock)

EUGENE, Ore. – Less than three months after what may have been the biggest climate strike in history, young people again are taking to the streets today to call for action on climate change. Organizers estimate at least four million people around the world showed up for the Global Climate St

A bill in Congress would protect more than a million acres of Owyhee Canyonlands as wilderness. (U.S. Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

VALE, Ore. – A bill in Congress to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands and parts of Malheur County is being praised for the inclusive process involved in writing the legislation. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, both Democrats, have introduced the Malheur Community Empowerment for the

A new report says pesticide runoff is poisoning Chinook salmon, a main food source for the Northwest's orcas. (Oregon State University/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The wide use of pesticides is pushing some species in Oregon and across the country to the brink. A new report from the Endangered Species Coalition highlights ten of the nearly 1,200 species imperiled by these chemicals. In the Northwest, pesticide runoff hampers the swimmi

A machine developed at the University of Texas simulates earthquakes and is testing the effectiveness of microbes for securing soil from liquefaction. (Leon Van Paassen/Arizona State University)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregonians could rely on some of the smallest organisms to survive a big earthquake. Researchers at Portland State University are looking at how microbes could strengthen soil in the event of an earthquake. Diane Moug, an assistant professor at PSU, says even smaller quake

Hang drying clothes is an environmentally friendly alternative to power hungry dryers. (directline.com/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – For Oregonians looking to become greener, environmental groups are suggesting that people pull their clothes out of the dryer this week. The Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club and Solar Oregon are hosting Hang Dry Your Laundry for Climate Change Week. Joe Wachunas, a Solar

Some opponents of Oregon's cap-and-trade bill say it could allow the state to pursue a more aggressive approach to fighting climate change. (Portland General Electric/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – Could the death of the cap-and-trade bill in the Oregon Senate be an opportunity for the state to design stronger action on climate change? Senate Republicans haven't returned to Salem, even after Democratic Party Senate President Peter Courtney announced the proposal no longer

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