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PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2019 


Democrats call for investigation of spa owner who allegedly offered access to President Trump. Also on the Tuesday rundown: Prolonged repercussions expected from the “Bomb Cyclone.” Plus, navigating the stumbling blocks to Medicaid expansion.

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Public News Service - WA: Environment

The most powerful tornado to hit Washington state in more than 30 years leveled some homes on the Kitsap Peninsula. (Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office)

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – A rare tornado touched down in western Washington last week, causing devastation and heartache for Port Orchard residents just before the holidays. Now, community members and groups, including Kitsap County credit unions, are pulling together to support those affected.

Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island, Wash., is one of more than 400 historic sites preserved by the National Park Service. (Ashlyn Gehrett/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Groups across the country are calling on Congress to address maintenance costs in national parks in order to save some of America's most historic places. While the National Park Service oversees iconic landscapes such as Mount Rainier National Park, it also preserves historic sites

This map shows the areas of Washington state most vulnerable to wildfires, based on both landscape and socioeconomic factors. (University of Washington)

SEATTLE, Wash. – Communities of color face the greatest risk from wildfires, according to a new study. Across the country, 29 million people are vulnerable to the fires' most devastating effects. Researchers at The Nature Conservancy and the University of Washington found socioeconomic facto

The Washington State Medical Association, the state's largest physicians' organization, is supporting the carbon pollution-fee initiative. (Clean Air Clean Energy WA)

SEATTLE — Medical professionals across Washington state say they are supporting the carbon pollution fee ballot initiative not just because it combats climate change but also because it will improve people's health. Initiative 1631 would put a fee on the state's largest polluters, such as oi

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

The recently expired Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped to protect the headwaters of the Yakima River. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired last Sunday and loses about $2.4 dollars each day it isn't reauthorized. A bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington moved closer to reinstating the program this week. The bill, which would permanently reauthoriz

The expansion of a nearby oil refinery could increase bad air-quality days in North Cascades National Parks by more than two weeks. (Jeff Hollett/Flickr)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - North Cascades National Park turns 50 this week, and one group wants Washington state to give the park a gift - with stronger air pollution controls on a nearby oil refinery. The Washington state Department of Ecology has approved facility updates to BP's Cherry Point refinery n

The Washington Legislature has funded a pilot program to turn the Chimacum Ridge into a community forest. (Courtesy of Phil Vogelzang)

CHIMACUM, Wash. – Under the carbon fee initiative on the November ballot, part of the revenue collected from large carbon polluters would be directed toward creating healthy forests. The Olympic Peninsula's Chimacum Ridge is providing an example of what that investment could look like for lo

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