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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


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Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

Public News Service - WA: Environmental Justice

Supporters of the seabed mining ban say the practice would hurt sensitive habitats on Washington's coast. (Ferrous Büller/Flickr)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee signed a seabed mining ban into law Monday. The measure prohibits mineral extraction within three miles of Washington's coastline. It received nearly unanimous support in the Legislature, except for two "no" votes in the House. Lee First, co-founder of Twin Harbor

Washington state is expecting more wildfires as the effects from climate change get worse. (Chris/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The impacts from climate change fall disproportionately on some people, but a bill in the Washington state Legislature aims to put those folks at the center of the conversation. The Healthy Environment for All Act (HEAL Act) would define and include environmental justice in the wo

About 9% of the population globally is food insecure. (tong2530/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- The United States has rejoined the Paris climate agreement, an indicator the Biden administration plans to get serious about reducing the country's carbon emissions. Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and environment at the University of Washington, said it's not only good fo

Washington has developed a map of environmental health disparities across the state. (Washington State Department of Health)

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SEATTLE -- A measure in the Washington Legislature would make justice for all communities the bedrock of environmental policies in the state. The Healthy Environment for All Act (HEAL Act) would incorporate environmental justice for communities of color and front-line communities into law. Guiller

The Washington Environmental Health Disparity Map identifies communities highly impacted by environmental justice issues. (Washington State Department of Health)

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SEATTLE -- A new report lays out how Washington state's government can ensure environmental justice for people of all races. The Environmental Justice Task Force, convened last year, came up with 26 policy recommendations through community conversations. It includes the formation of an interagency

Climate action is sure to take many forms in the next Washington state legislative session, which begins on Jan. 11, 2021. (Reagan/Adobe Stock)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Climate action groups in Washington state are recognizing the role climate change played in the election, and they're looking ahead to the 2021 legislative session. Vlad Gutman-Britten is the Washington state director of the nonprofit Climate Solutions. "It's important to start w

Washington state has created a map that breaks down racial health disparities due to environmental conditions. (Washington State Department of Health)

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SEATTLE -- Environmental groups are joining the chorus of voices denouncing police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of police in in Minneapolis. Some see environmental harm and police violence aimed at communities of color as inseparable issues. Research finds communiti

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)

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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

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