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PNS Daily Newscast - June 4, 2020 


Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 


The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - OR: Public Lands/Wilderness

Oregon wolves are federally listed as endangered in the western part of the state. (ODFW/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new wolf count shows growth in Oregon's wolf population, but conservation groups say there's still a long way to go to recovering the species. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) found there were at least 158 wolves in the state in 2019, up from 137 in 2018. Sri

Preserving forests in the Northwest would be the equivalent of not burning fossil fuels for eight years in the Western United States, a study has found. (Oregon State University)

PORTLAND, Ore. - New Oregon State University research says Pacific Northwest forests are integral for mitigating the effects of climate change. The study, published in Ecological Applications, identifies forests along the western slope of the Cascade Mountains and some in the Northern Rockies as mo

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

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

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

More than 1 million acres of land recognized as wilderness quality in the Owyhee Canyonlands could be left unprotected in the U.S. Bureau Land Management's resource plans. (BLM/Flickr)

ONTARIO, Ore. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has released a draft plan for managing southeastern Oregon, and high-desert enthusiasts are concerned about its lack of action. The draft for managing 4.6 million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands includes five alternatives. The B-L-M favors a

While there are no fracking wells in Oregon, potential for fracturing has been identified in the Willamette Valley. (Calin Tatu/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon legislators have voted to place a moratorium on the oil and gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The state Senate voted to place a five-year ban on the practice. That is only half the timespan the House approved in March, but the House is ex

A measure in Congress would ban mining in 100,000 acres of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area in southwestern Oregon. (Zach Collier/Northwest Rafting Co.)

PORTLAND, Ore. — A hearing is scheduled in Congress today on a bill that would expand public-lands protections in Oregon. Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley have introduced the Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act, which would extend safeguards for the Rogue River and create protections for par

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