PNS Daily Newscast - November 14, 2019 

New evidence arises from the first impeachment hearing; one in four federal student loan borrowers defaults early on; and growing proof that vaping isn't the healthy alternative it was thought to be.

2020Talks - November 14, 2019 

It's World Diabetes Day, and health care, including the high cost of insulin and other drugs, is a top issue for many voters. Plus, do early states like Iowa and New Hampshire have an outsized role in the nomination process?

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Public News Service - OR: Salmon Recovery

Klamath Basin water users are concerned that the region's overarching water-rights agreement will die in Congress this month. (

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - With one week to go before Congress is scheduled to wrap up its session for the year, it's looking unlikely that the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement will be approved. The last-minute draft bill from Congressman Greg Walden, R-Ore., doesn't align with the Senate bill to m

Fisheries biologists are just some of the positions to be filled by the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and Washington. Courtesy: USFS Pacific Northwest Region

PORTLAND, Ore. - You'll have to get organized in the next few days if you want to be considered for a job working in one of the 16 national forests in the Northwest next spring or summer. The U.S. Forest Service is hiring more than 1,000 seasonal workers, but the time to apply is short - only one w

The J.C. Boyle Dam is one of four slated for decommissioning if Congress approves the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Time is running out for Congress to pass the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. But at the White House Tribal Nations Conference late last week, there were glimmers of hope that it could still be possible. President Obama told the group he's committed to working with tribal

PHOTO: Oregon's densely forested O-and-C lands encompass slightly more than 2.6 million acres, and the Bureau of Land Management wants more public input as it updates the master plan to manage them. Photo credit: Chris Thomas

PORTLAND, Ore. - Groups are lining up for and against five possible alternatives for managing 2.6 million acres of Western Oregon forests known as the O&C lands. The Bureau of Land Management is updating the 20-year-old Northwest Forest Plan. To timber industry groups, the complex options boil down

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

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