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PNS Daily Newscast - October 16, 2018 


President Trump tours hurricane-ravaged parts of Florida. Also on the Tuesday rundown: We examine whether the U.S. spending too much to guard confederate cemeteries; and the spotlight is on mental health during National Children’s Health Month.

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Public News Service - WA: Endangered Species & Wildlife

There are 74 Southern Resident orcas in the Northwest, their lowest population in nearly three decades. (Candice Emmons/NOAA)

SEATTLE – The Washington state Southern Resident Orca Task Force's recommendations for saving the killer whale population are open for public comment through Sunday. The organization, convened by Gov. Jay Inslee, released a long list of potential fixes last week and will review public commen

Only about 7,500 marbled murrelets remain in Washington state. (ALAN SCHMIERER/Flickr)

SEATTLE — Washington state is asking for public comments on seven alternatives for conserving marbled murrelets - seabirds that nest in the Northwest, including on state-owned lands. Conservation groups are urging greater protections for the endangered birds. Proposed management plans set as

Environmental groups say removing four lower Snake River dams would restore salmon populations, providing food to Northwest orcas. (Save Our Wild Salmon)

CLARKSTON, Wash. – The fourth annual Free the Snake Flotilla begins tomorrow and one focus of the event is the role a free-flowing Snake River could play in aiding Northwest orcas. Folks in kayaks, canoes and boats are floating down the Snake in Southeast Washington to call on policymakers t

There are only about 75 Southern Resident orcas left in the Northwest. (C. Emmons/NOAA Fisheries)

SEATTLE – The death of a calf among the Northwest's iconic Southern Resident orcas is highlighting the grave situation the whales are in. The newborn calf, part of a pod that migrates through Puget Sound known as J pod, died last week. Its mother has been seen carrying the dead calf since the

Timber and environmental interests have clashed in management of forests, including those in and around Olympic National Park. (ChelseaWa/Flickr)

FORKS, Wash. – A grand experiment on the Olympic Peninsula could shape the way the Northwest manages its forests. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and University of Washington scientists are working on a large-scale project to find out which practices benefit both the env

There are only 76 killer whales left in the Northwest's iconic Southern Resident population. (NOAA/Wikimedia Commons)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – An orca conservation team convened by Gov. Jay Inslee is holding its first meeting on Tuesday. The Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force will focus on ways to help the Northwest's iconic species. Southern Resident Orca numbers in the Salish Sea have been in seri

Poorly designed culverts can make it nearly impossible for salmon to swim upstream to spawn. (Jerilyn Walley/Flickr)

SEATTLE - The U.S. Supreme Court hears a case today with major implications for the rights of tribes and salmon in Washington state. At the center of Washington v. United States are culverts, the pipes that carry streams under roads. The state has more than 800 culverts blocking more than 1,000 mil

A federal court has mandated that dams in the Columbia River Basin increase spill for salmon four times since 2005. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

SEATTLE – A U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld a decision to allow Northwest dams to release more water over their spillways to help young salmon heading toward the ocean. Dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers will begin spilling more water in the next week. Federal agencies appealed a deci

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