PNS Daily News - October 16, 2019 

Farmers in DC to discuss trade and the rural economic crisis; also Lily Bohlke reports on the Democratic debate -- from 2020 Talks.

2020Talks - October 16, 2019 

Last night in Ohio the fourth Democratic debate covered issues from health care, gun control and abortion to the Turkish invasion of Syria. What's clear: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has replaced former VP Joe Biden as the centerstage target.

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PHOTO: The Washington State Department of Agriculture says the avian influenza outbreaks it has found so far have been concentrated in flocks where wild birds and domesticated chickens mingle. Photo credit: kromeshnik/

OROVILLE, Wash. - It's the fourth quarantine in a month, and the second in Okanogan County, as state agriculture officials try to control the spread of what they say is a highly contagious form of avian influenza in Washington. As its name suggests, the virus affects birds, not people, and is fatal

PHOTO: A so-called ag-gag law that's being challenged in Idaho and Utah has been introduced as legislation in Washington. It prohibits people from audio or video taping in agricultural production facilities without the owner's written permission.  Photo credit: derausdo/

OLYMPIA, Wash. – There's keen interest among farm workers groups and animal rights advocates in Washington in a so-called ag-gag bill introduced in the Legislature. House Bill 1104 gets its first hearing Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the House Public Safety Committee. It is almost identical to leg

PHOTO: This tiny sturgeon fry could grow up to be 5 to 6 feet in length, and can live for 70 years or more. This weekend's Columbia River Sturgeon Festival in Vancouver, Wash. pays tribute to this prehistoric fish species. Photo courtesy Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon get the lion's share of attention in the Pacific Northwest, but a festival this weekend in Vancouver calls attention to another fascinating fish species. The sturgeon may not be considered beautiful or iconic, but like salmon, it also requires careful management by

PHOTO: If you buy a puppy online, is it from a reputable breeder or a puppy mill? The International Fund for Animal Welfare found 62 percent of the online ads it examined on a single day were

SEATTLE, Wash. - On a single day on the Internet, more than 700,000 dogs are for sale. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) says that's what its researchers found in a one-day investigative blitz. The group is calling for new regulations on pet sales, and says an outdated Animal Welfare

TACOMA, Wash. - Food banks around the state have been busier than ever this year, and one of the needs that is often overlooked at donation time is food for pets. Not all food banks have the space to collect pet supplies, but humane societies, animal rescue organizations and some veterinary hospital

SEATTLE - While restaurants in some parts of the nation are just starting to add meatless meals to their menus one day a week for a "Meatless Monday" promotion, Washington has become home to one of the U.S.' largest percentages of vegetarians and vegans. The state's food preferences are creating ne

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Rural areas of Washington need more doctors, but an equally critical issue that has received far less attention is their need for more veterinarians. In response, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking new veterinarians to make food animals their focus, and is offering

SEATTLE - The Columbia River plays a starring role in a PBS documentary set to air this Sunday. "Salmon, Running the Gauntlet" depicts what a fish goes through during its 10,000-mile lifetime migration in Northwest rivers. The documentary, part of the PBS series "Nature," features aerial shots of t

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