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PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 


Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 


Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - OR: Climate Change/Air Quality

PHOTO: The science and music building at Hood River Middle School is one of a tiny but growing number of

HOOD RIVER, Ore. - Two Oregon buildings are getting national attention for maximum energy-efficiency - and one is passing its benefits on to the next generation. For three years, Hood River Middle School's unique addition has been where students learn firsthand about creating solar and geothermal e

PHOTO: The warming climate is taking a lethal shot at big-game animals, according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation that details the effects of heat, drought and disease on eight species beloved by hunters. Photo credit: US Dept. of Agriculture.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Hunters in the Northwest have to be observant just to bag their game – and a new report says this year, they'll also notice plenty of changes in the backcountry that are the result of a planet warming too quickly. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) says climate cha

PHOTO: Oregonians love to fish, and many share the concerns about climate change and its effects on freshwater fish detailed in a new National Wildlife Federation report. Photo courtesy Nat'l. Park Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Northwest salmon and trout are some of the stars of a new report that predicts a changing climate doesn't have anything good in store for them – or the anglers who spend so much time and money trying to catch them. Freshwater fish need plenty of cold, clean water, and a

PHOTO: Some Northwest fishermen say the 'thrill of the catch' would be a lot less thrilling if coal shipments compromise air and water quality on the Columbia River. Photo credit: Nic Callero.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Northwest fishing community says state and federal agencies ought to be trolling for a lot more information before allowing coal export terminals to be built along the coast. Fishermen are signing a petition that warns more coal could mean fewer fish and jobs in Oregon's

PHOTO: A new report says migratory birds are having a tough time adjusting to a changing climate. Klamath Nat'l. Wildlife Refuge water shortages are a combination of drought and multiple use pressures. Courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Birds are feeling the negative effects of a warming climate, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and they are having trouble adapting. In Oregon, that means the marbled murrelets on the coast, sage grouse in the eastern Oregon desert, and world-cla

PHOTO: The National Climate Assessment comes out every four years.  Image courtesy of Microsoft images.

PORTLAND, Ore. - An all-day town-hall-style meeting at Portland State University today gathers experts who are concerned about climate change to discuss what the Northwest states are doing about it. Their framework is the new draft National Climate Assessment (NCA), a summary of what's happening wit

PHOTO: Love 'em or hate 'em, wind turbines are here to stay in areas such as the Columbia River Gorge. A new bill in Congress would require competitive bids from developers to lease public land for wind and solar projects. Courtesy of TheGorge.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - Members of Congress from both parties in eight western states are backing a bill to increase renewable-energy development, protect public lands and wildlife, and provide a new income source for counties and states - simultaneously. The measure, introduced Monday, is the Public Lan

PHOTO: Nate Sandvig (2nd from left) and his project team at a windfarm site. Courtesy of Sandvig.

PORTLAND, Ore. - One segment of the American workforce is speaking out on behalf of wind energy development, in Oregon and across the country. Military veterans say their experiences in the oil-rich Middle East have convinced them that the United States should be doing more to encourage alternative

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