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: Rural/Farming

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The Wild Rogue could get a little wilder if conservation groups in Oregon get their wish. A new plan would expand federal protection for this portion of southwest Oregon by 58,000 acres, but it has yet to be introduced as legislation by the Oregon delegation. In May, a timber ind

PORTLAND, Ore. - Thousands of people in Oregon and other Western states are sending a message to Washington, D.C., this week, declaring that more low-income Oregonians and school children need access to programs like WIC and school meals. As Congress considers reauthorizing key nutrition programs, a

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congress gets its first look at the "Oregon Eastside Forests Restoration, Old Growth Protection and Jobs Act." It is a proposal intended to end years of feuding between loggers and conservation groups over how to manage Eastern Oregon forests, an historic compromise crafted

PORTLAND, Ore. - From Ashland to Joseph and points in between, Oregon will get one in eight of the federal dollars allocated by Congress nationally for forest road and trail repairs on public lands this year. Part of the Legacy Roads and Trails Remediation program, that $12 million represents a rare

SALEM, Ore. - Two historic agreements will be signed on Thursday in Salem. They are expected to end years of legal squabbles over water rights and river health in the Klamath Basin of Southern Oregon and Northern California, and also will step up plans to remove four dams on the Klamath River. Even

ALBANY, Ore. - Oregon's small towns are struggling to keep people employed, and two federal agencies are holding public forums this month to determine what more they can do to help. The first one is Thursday morning in Albany. The Agriculture Department's Rural Development agency has 40 programs w

PORTLAND, Ore. - Thousands of miles of roads crisscross the Oregon backcountry, where washouts and slides are common. Bad roads affect water quality and fish habitat, as well as make access difficult for recreational uses. But a record $19 million is coming to the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and W

WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's not an olive branch being extended, but perhaps a Ponderosa pine branch. On Wednesday, Oregon environmental leaders and timber industry executives stood side-by-side in the nation's capital, joining Sen. Ron Wyden to announce new legislation to revive the Oregon timber indust

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