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PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 


Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - WA: Water

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,

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering a bill that would regulate water-rights sales to water banks. (Steve Voght/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash -- Washington state lawmakers are taking up an issue that has vexed western states for decades - how to manage water resources. They want to tackle water speculation, which is squeezing some users. The concern is mostly about who owns water banks, which collect water rights from land

Gov.Inslee's Southern Resident Orca Task Force has recommended considering the impacts of four lower Snake River dams on salmon populations. (Bonneville Power/Flickr)

SEATTLE - A report on the future of the Snake River in southeast Washington comes out today. The Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder draft report relies on perspectives from more than 100 stakeholders and more than 3,500 online responders. While there are no recommendations, it could be an influent

A bill in Congress would protect the Olympic Peninsula's Queets River. (Sam Beebe/Flickr)

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A bill a decade in the making to protect parts of the Olympic National Forest passed out of committee in Congress yesterday. The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of the forest as wilderness, and 19 riv

A new film underscores the plight of the remaining 73 Southern Resident orcas in the Northwest, by examining their primary food source. (Peterson Hawley Productions)

SEATTLE – A new documentary film argues that removing dams in eastern Washington would help the Northwest's dwindling population of orcas. "Dammed to Extinction" explores the impact of four lower Snake River dams on Chinook salmon populations – the iconic Southern Resident orcas' main

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

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

According to some estimates, oceans could contain more plastics than fish by 2050. (Jill Clardy/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – It's Earth Day, and one manufactured menace threatening the world's oceans is plastics. While estimates vary, many scientific studies find that about 8 million metric tons of plastic make their way into the ocean each year. Michiel Abbing, author of the book "Plastic Soup", is a

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