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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - WA: Environment

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was the first presidential candidate to call for a climate-focused debate. (International Institute for Sustainable Development/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Young people are leading the growing calls for the Democratic National Committee to allow a presidential primary debate on climate change. DNC officials so far have resisted the stand alone debate, saying they would have to hold other single issue contests as well. But supporters

Nearly three-quarters of western Washington municipalities are making progress toward controlling polluting stormwater runoff. (Seattle.gov)

SEATTLE – After years of work, cities in Washington are doing more to protect Puget Sound from its biggest source of pollution: stormwater runoff. A report from the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and Washington Environmental Council helped motivate them. In 2017, the groups released their prog

A bill in Congress would protect more than 126,000 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

QUILCENE, Wash. – After a decade of work, a bill to protect sensitive parts of the Olympic National Forest is poised to move ahead in Congress. On Wednesday, a U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee held a hearing on the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It would

The darker shades on the map represent the highest shaking hazard and the black lines represent potentially active faults in Washington. (Washington state Department of Natural Resources)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Ground-shaking new research finds many Washington state public schools are at high risk of serious damage in an earthquake. The Washington Geologic Survey's School Seismic Safety Project looked at 222 schools across the state, or about 5% of the total. It found that in a m

Only 73 orcas remain in the Northwest's endangered Southern Resident population. (fletcherjcm/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Advocates for a healthier Puget Sound are bringing awareness to the precarious future of orcas in the Northwest this month. Now in its 13th year, Orca Action Month has spread from Washington state to Oregon and British Columbia in recent years. It highlights the steps Northwest resi

Alliances between rural communities and Native tribes have sprung up across the West and Midwest to protect local lands and waters. (Zoltán Grossman)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Native American and non-Native communities have joined forces across the country to form what could be the base of a new environmental movement. Zoltán Grossman, a geography and Native studies professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, is the author of "Unlikely A

Salmon recovery in Puget Sound is critical for the survival of Southern Resident orcas. (Puget Sound Partnership)

SEATTLE - Supporters of Puget Sound, salmon and orcas are in the nation's capital to advocate for federal investments in the Evergreen State. Environmental groups, tribal members and business leaders are to meet today with the state's congressional delegation for the fifth year in a row to thank th

The clean-energy sector already provides nearly 83,000 jobs in Washington state. (agnormark/Abode Stock)

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee is signing one of the most comprehensive clean energy bills in the country today. Washington state lawmakers passed Senate Bill 5116 last month, committing the state to a carbon-free electricity grid by 2045, and the bill lays out, step by step, how it will get there.

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