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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 18, 2020 


Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is climbing national polls, but facing much more scrutiny than he had in the early states, which he skipped. Texas is going to come into play for him -- as the state with the second-largest Super Tuesday trove of delegates.

Public News Service - OR: Animal Welfare

Oregon'a coyote population is estimated to be around 300,000. (David K/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon lawmakers are trying again to ban coyote-hunting contests. In 2019, Oregon Senators passed a bill to end coyote-killing tournaments, but it died in the House. The practice came under scrutiny last year after the Humane Society captured video of one of these contests in Burns.

A University of Oregon researcher has concluded that people are 6% more likely to adopt a pet if it is advertised using straightforward language. (Ashley Jones/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - If they want more pets to find homes, pet adoption agencies should hit pause on words like "buddy" and "companion" in their advertising, according to new Oregon-based research. Dave Markowitz, an assistant professor of social media data analytics at the University of Oregon, looke

Oregon's state bird, the western meadowlark, is considered a sensitive species that would benefit from proactive conservation efforts. (Becky Matsubara/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A bill in Congress would aid states in their efforts to conserve species before they are in crisis. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would fund states' proactive management work to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered. State Wildlife Action Plans across the count

There are 137 known wolves in Oregon, according to the latest count. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – With no official public meetings scheduled on a proposal to remove Endangered Species protections for gray wolves, community members in Oregon have decided to hold their own gathering. Supporters of listing the gray wolf as endangered in the lower 48 states are rallying outs

The workshop on ranchers and wolves is exploring such topics as range-riding and wolf behavior. (Defenders of Wildlife)

HALFWAY, Ore. – Ranchers and wildlife managers are gathering in Oregon to discuss creative solutions for avoiding conflicts with wolves. The workshop is in its second and final day in the northeast Oregon town of Halfway. Hilary Anderson, who raises cattle in Montana, will be talking about s

Oregon fast-food chain Burgerville received a positive mention for its use of antibiotic-free beef in a recent report. (OSPIRG)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Most of the country's major burger chains still rely on beef from cattle raised with antibiotics. That's according to the fourth-annual "Chain Reaction" report, which focused on beef production in this year's edition. The report gives 22 out of 25 companies failing grades fo

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 coyote-hunting contest is taking place Saturday and Sunday in Lake County, Ore. (John Mosesso/U.S. Geological Survey)

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Conservation organizations want federal agencies to stop a coyote-hunting contest this weekend in southern Oregon. The contest, called the Lake County Coyote Calling Derby, has raised concerns that gray wolves, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act and confirmed

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