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PNS Daily Newscast - May 29, 2020 


More than a dozen Internal Affairs complaints against the Minneapolis Police officer involved in the death of George Floyd - we report on what's behind the current tensions.

2020Talks - May 29, 2020 


Republican Voters Against Trump just launched and plans to spend 10 dollars on the 2020 campaign. And President Trump signed an executive order making social media companies liable for content their users post.

Public News Service - OR: Environmental Justice

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Jackson County's Ordinance 635 is legal. It gives farmers of crops from genetically-modified seeds one more harvest in the county, and then prohibits GMO crops from being planted. Credit: Mitesh Take/Morguefile.

MEDFORD, Ore. – A Jackson County ordinance prohibiting farming genetically-engineered crops in the county goes into effect as scheduled this Friday, June 5, after a court challenge to stop it has failed. Two farms took their case to U.S. District Court late last year, saying they plant geneti

PHOTO: A giant inflatable coal plant is near the steps of the Capitol today for a rally in support of legislation that would require power companies to eliminate coal-generated electricity from the grid by 2025. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.

SALEM, Ore. - Renewable energy and coal are in a tug-of-war in Salem today. It's a literal demonstration in front of the Capitol steps to draw attention to debate on the Coal to Clean Energy legislation (SB 477; HB 2729), which would move electric utilities toward more local, renewable energy. Amy

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: Sport, commercial and tribal fishermen all have indicated opposition to the idea of a terminal to fill coal barges at the Port of Morrow. This week, the Oregon Department of State Lands denied a permit request by its developers. Photo credit: visionsofmaine/iStockphoto.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - The state of Oregon has denied a permit to the company proposing a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow in the Columbia River Gorge - but Ambre Energy says it is considering "the full range of options" to move forward with its plans. So are the fishermen who have lined up to fight t

PHOTO: Some of the marbled murrelet's prime Oregon habitat is in the Elliott State Forest, where the State of Oregon is accepting bids to sell off 3,000 acres to allow timber harvest. Photo credit: R. Lowe, USFWS.

COOS COUNTY, Ore. – The State of Oregon has proposed selling off about 3,000 acres of coastal forestland for logging – and three conservation groups say if that happens, they'll sue the timber companies that try to buy it. The land in the Elliott State Forest, mostly in Coos County, is

PHOTO: ONDA staff and volunteers survey a section of the Oregon Desert Trail in 2011, along the West Little Owyhee River in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Photo credit: Jeremy Fox.

BEND, Ore. - It took three years and thousands of volunteer hours, and the result is the closest look yet at some of Oregon's wildest country. The Oregon Desert Trail Guide is now online, where adventurous hikers, cyclists and horsemen can study maps and photos, notes about local conditions and serv

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

PHOTO: Greater sage grouse males put on quite a show during the mating season. These were photographed by the BLM Burns Field Office. Today, the birds occupy just over half their historic range in the western United States and Canada.

EUGENE, Ore. - Cattlemen and conservation groups are studying possible changes to public land management in central and southeastern Oregon. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released on Nov. 22 by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The agency must determine which of six management alter

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