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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - OR: Salmon Recovery

PHOTO: Fishermen with a Tillamook Bay Chinook taken on spinners in the middle bay on Tuesday. Fall Chinook are among the most stable wild salmon populations in Oregon, largely because they don't spend as much time in fresh water streams as others. Photo courtesy of Bob Rees.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Every Oregonian who turns on a faucet or casts a fishing line has a stake in what happens with the Clean Water Act. The federal law turns 42 on Saturday, and sportsmen and conservation groups are pushing to strengthen it. The EPA is proposing an update to the Act after court cases

PHOTO: Mossy Creek, a tributary of the Salmon River, is one of many smaller Oregon streams that doesn't receive Clean Water Act protections. The EPA has proposed a rule to protect more small or seasonal streams. Photo credit: Nic Callero, National Wildlife Federation.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule it says will clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act - and, perhaps just as important, which are not. For Oregon, the difference could be critical for hundreds of miles of streams, as well as for

PHOTO: Sportsmen say some of the best fishing spots on the Crooked River aren't accessible to the public because adjacent land is in private hands. An LWCF grant could change that. Photo credit: BLM Prineville office.

PORTLAND, Ore. - When President Obama's budget proposal came out this week, one aspect that didn't get much attention is his recommendation to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF money comes mostly from offshore oil and gas fees, and is supposed to be used to preserve public land a

PHOTO: The groups that want to stop the White Castle timber sale point to another BLM experimental harvest known as Buck Rising (part of which is seen here), saying the result looks too much like clear-cutting. Photo credit: Francis Eatherington

EUGENE, Ore. - Is it an experiment with a new type of timber harvest - or a way to avoid using the controversial term "clear-cutting?" The latest clash over how - and how much - to log on public land in Oregon could be decided in U.S. District Court in Eugene. The White Castle timber sale has been

SALEM, Ore. - With Gov. John Kitzhaber at his side, Sen. Ron Wyden unveiled legislation Tuesday to change the way Oregon's O&C lands are managed. It adds protection for some parcels of land and older trees, while at the same time, clearing the way for what some are calling "eco-forestry" and others

PHOTO: Oregonians love to fish, and many share the concerns about climate change and its effects on freshwater fish detailed in a new National Wildlife Federation report. Photo courtesy Nat'l. Park Service.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Northwest salmon and trout are some of the stars of a new report that predicts a changing climate doesn't have anything good in store for them – or the anglers who spend so much time and money trying to catch them. Freshwater fish need plenty of cold, clean water, and a

PHOTO: Some Northwest fishermen say the 'thrill of the catch' would be a lot less thrilling if coal shipments compromise air and water quality on the Columbia River. Photo credit: Nic Callero.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Northwest fishing community says state and federal agencies ought to be trolling for a lot more information before allowing coal export terminals to be built along the coast. Fishermen are signing a petition that warns more coal could mean fewer fish and jobs in Oregon's

PHOTO: Noxious weeds are no match for the Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area. They made quite a haul on BLM land in July. Photo courtesy of 'FANS.'

BEND, Ore. - A growing group of outdoor enthusiasts in the Bend area has a mission to not just enjoy their favorite hiking and fishing spots, but to learn more about them and help protect them. And they have encouraged others in Oregon to follow their lead. Members of Friends and Neighbors of the

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