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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - WA: Environment

Teshekpuk Lake, AK – Bird watching, and hunting seasons for geese in some areas, kick into high gear this month in Washington. Sportsmen and bird-watchers alike are being asked to get involved in efforts to save the biggest "bird nursery" in the country, a remote lake in Northern Alaska. Many

Washington, DC – Washington is dotted with about 3,800 abandoned mines, and there may finally be some federal money to clean them up if Congress passes the "Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act." It would stop the sale of federal lands to miners, and require gold, silver, and uranium miners to

Seattle, WA - Your mayor may be making a promise you'll be asked to help deliver. Mayors from hundreds of U.S. cities are gathered in Seattle today for a conference on how to tackle global warming at the local level. About 700 mayors, including 28 here in Washington, have signed a "Climate Protectio

Seattle, WA – A "platinum-plated roadmap to extinction." That's what one sport-fishing spokesperson calls the new ten-year federal plan for saving wild salmon in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The document, known as a "Biological Opinion" (BiOp), was released yesterday, and critics say it sugg

Seattle, WA – A new study says almost 800 companies in Washington could get enough work manufacturing renewable energy systems to create a total of more than 8,500 new jobs in the state. However, boosting their business will take the cooperation of Congress, in passing the "Renewable Energy St

Olympia, WA – This month, Governor Chris Gregoire has stepped into the ring twice with the federal government. Washington is a party to two lawsuits against the feds. One challenges new restrictions on how states can provide healthcare for low-income children with federal funds; the other woul

San Francisco, CA – Conservation groups have filed a petition asking that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency create and enforce rules to regulate pollution in the marine transport industry. Earthjustice filed the request on behalf of several groups that say there are plenty of ways for b

Lacey, WA – For the first time in five years, kids near the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge aren't going there to put their science knowledge to work. A program at Komachin Middle School is one of many that ended because there aren't enough refuge employees left to work with the students, a

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