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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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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

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,

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was created in 2000 and expanded in 2017. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

ASHLAND, Ore. – Chambers of Commerce and businesses in Oregon and across the country are telling the director of the National Economic Council that national monuments are integral to local economies. A leaked memo from the Interior Department suggests reducing the size of the Cascade-Siskiyo

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