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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - OR: Public Lands/Wilderness

Amendments to the 2018 Farm Bill could lead to more salvage logging on public lands. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – More than 200 scientists have sent a letter to members of Congress urging lawmakers to remove logging provisions from the 2018 Farm Bill, saying the amendments could worsen wildfire conditions in the West. The House version of the Farm Bill opens up salvage logging on landsc

More than 80 miles of the Rogue River are protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. (Scott Cordner)

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act turns 50 this year. Conservation groups are praising the law and want to see more of the United States' iconic waterways protected. Oregon is home to the most rivers with wild and scenic designations. They include the Rogue River - one of the

Under NEPA, federal agencies must review the environmental impact of infrastructure projects, such as Oregon's dams. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A law for evaluating the environmental impact of infrastructure projects is being targeted for changes by the White House and Congress. The National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA lays out the review process for federal agencies when considering major projects. Western Env

The Rogue River has received more than $13 million in investments from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Eric Tegethoff)

GALICE, Ore. — Conservation groups say a little-known federal program provides access to some of Oregon's most iconic natural landscapes. Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has provided Oregon with more than $310 million to help keep places such

A protest over sending two Burns-area ranchers to prison for arson led to the 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (Barbara Wheeler/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

BURNS, Ore. – President Donald Trump has pardoned two eastern Oregon ranchers who inspired the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Dwight and Steve Hammond were sentenced to mandatory minimum prison terms of five years for arson on public lands. State Rep. Greg W

Restoration projects in Oregon's high desert include tree plantings along John Day River tributaries. (Jim Davis/Oregon Natural Desert Association)

BEND, Ore. - Often neglected in the national imagination of Oregon is the fact that there are 28 million acres of high desert in the state. To help Oregon's deserts stay healthy and resilient, an organization is leading volunteer groups in restoration trips throughout the summer. Some of the Oregon

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument has more than $1.8 million in deferred maintenance costs, according to the National Park Service. (David Prasad/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Bipartisan legislation in Congress could begin to relieve the $11 billion maintenance backlog in the national park system. The National Park Restoration Act, co-sponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., would dedicate funding to infrastructure projects around the country. Las

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

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