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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2020 


University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and the work-from-home trend could be a boon for people with disabilities.

2020Talks - May 26, 2020 


Monday was Memorial Day. More than 100,000 people in the five major U.S. territories are military veterans, but can't vote for commander-in-chief. Plus, Puerto Rico has a statehood referendum this November.

Public News Service - WA: Environment

In Seattle's South Park neighborhood, a cleanup coalition formed after the Duwamish River was declared a Superfund site in 2001. (Jovelle Tamayo/YES! Media)

By Lornet Turnbull for Yes! Broadcast version by Eric Tegethoff for Public News Service Reporting for the YES! Magazine Media-Washington News Service SEATTLE -- When Seattle Public Schools announced it was suspending classes in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Lashanna Williams naturally thoug

While most Washington state Department of Ecology staff is telecommuting, its spill response team still is on the ground and in waterways. (Des Runyan/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- The Washington state Department of Ecology is making clear it won't give any slack on environmental regulations, despite the Environmental Protection Agency relaxing rules during the pandemic. The department is exercising "reasonable discretion" in pursuing violations, but says it's still

Pollution levels in Washington state could rise under the state Department of Ecology's flexible enforcement of regulations. (Scott Garner/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- Washington state and the federal government say they are relaxing enforcement of environmental regulations during the coronavirus outbreak. The Washington State Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say the virus could interfere with industries' ability to c

A timber harvest plan would have covered 1.8 million acres of land on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest. (Steve Sadowski/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- A federal judge has blocked a logging project in the nation's largest forest and conservation groups say that's a big win in the battle against climate change. The judge put a temporary injunction in place against a project that would have opened logging on 1.8 million acres in Alaska's

Bills that would have helped Washington state meet its net-zero emissions climate goal failed to pass in the Legislature. (vivalapenler/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Groups seeking action on climate change and forest fires say the Washington state Legislature did not go far enough to slow the crisis this session. Lawmakers adjourned yesterday, abandoning bills that would have targeted the state's biggest greenhouse-gas emitting sector - transp

Car emissions contribute to bad air days, especially during summer months. (elcovalana/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In the final week of the legislative session, Washington state lawmakers are considering expanding the Clean Air Act to regulate mobile sources of pollution. The Clean Air Act Authority bill is the result of a state Supreme Court decision in January, which ruled that the state ca

Dwindling salmon numbers in the Pacific Northwest have hit Southern Resident orca populations hard. (j.c. winkler/Flickr)

SEATTLE -- Energy companies and conservation groups want to bridge the divide on a contentious issue in the Northwest: the future of four Snake River dams. This week, utilities and environmental groups came together to write an open letter to the governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington,

Built during World War II, the B Reactor at the Hanford Site was the first large-scale nuclear reactor ever built. (Energy.gov/Wikimedia Commons)

RICHLAND, Wash. -- The federal government still has not addressed the aging facilities at one of North America's most contaminated nuclear sites. That's according to the Government Accountability Office, now slamming the Department of Energy's response to a 2017 tunnel collapse at the Hanford Nuclea

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