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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2019 


President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. Also on the rundown: South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 


Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - WA: Environmental Justice

PHOTO: Groups from the Northwest are among a dozen nationwide asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to keep stronger notification requirements in place for informing emergency responders when hazardous liquids are being shipped by rail in their area. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Transportation.

SEATTLE – About a dozen cities, water quality groups and conservation organizations have joined forces to challenge part of the new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) safety rules for oil shipments by rail. At issue is how much, and when to tell cities and municipalities – and thei

PHOTO: The cargo-shipping business is booming at the Port of Seattle, prompting some to ask why the port needs to open its Terminal 5 to a company that repairs oil rigs. Photo courtesy Port of Seattle.

SEATTLE - Port of Seattle commissioners will appeal a Seattle Department of Planning and Development finding against a Shell Oil contractor leasing Terminal 5 as its homeport for repairing oil rigs on their way to Alaska. But late Tuesday, port commissioners also voted to warn the contractor that it

PHOTO: Members of the Swinomish Tribe, seen here at a tribal ceremony, are concerned that long trains of oil tank cars are crossing their reservation every week, a development the Tribe says violates its 1991 easement agreement with a rail company. Photo credit: Leslie Dierauf/U.S. Geological Survey.

SEATTLE - A Native American tribe says too many trains, some of which carry volatile Bakken crude, are crossing its reservation and it's suing the rail company to stop them. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community alleges BNSF Railway is violating an easement agreement made in 1991. The agreement se

PHOTO: The Washington Legislature is considering ways to help regional utilities end their use of power from the Colstrip Generating Station in Montana. Environmental groups want a timeline for the transition and protections for ratepayers. Photo copyright Paul K. Anderson; used with his permission.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Environmental advocates from across the state made their way to Olympia on Wednesday to underscore what they say is the need to make more definite plans for Washington utilities to stop using coal power generated out-of-state. A bill that passed in the Washington Senate (SB 5

PHOTO: An aerial view of Terminal Five at the Port of Seattle shows the location at the heart of a lawsuit filed on Monday to stop oil drilling ships from being docked and repaired in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle.

SEATTLE - It's turning out to be a big week for oil transport issues in Washington. On Monday, four conservation groups filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court, challenging the Port of Seattle's decision to allow oil drilling ships to be housed and repaired at the port's Terminal Five. Becky

PHOTO: Some Washingtonians say oil-train disasters such as the one in West Virginia this month, in which 27 of 109 rail cars full of Bakken crude oil derailed, can only be avoided if the trains aren't allowed in the Northwest. Photo courtesy Office of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - Last weekend's oil train derailments and explosions in West Virginia and Ontario are having reverberations on the Washington coast. On Monday, the Skagit County Hearing Examiner determined that an expansion plan to allow the Shell oil refinery in northwest Washington to accept

PHOTO: The Colstrip Generating Station in Montana has been under regional scrutiny for years for air and water pollution. Three Washington utilities use some of its power, and have proposed legislation to retire the plant. Photo courtesy Montana Environmental Information Center.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A coal-fired power plant in Montana is at the heart of legislation getting its first committee hearings this week in Olympia. The Colstrip Generating Station provides some electricity for three Washington utilities, which are proposing a plan to retire the plant. Colstrip already i

PHOTO: A side of toxins with that? Groups critical of Washington's proposal to update water-quality standards claim it doesn't do enough to clean up pollution or curtail industrial waste discharge, while health warnings persist for eating fish caught in some locations. Photo credit: JRStock/FeaturePics.com

OLYMPIA, Wash. - People can comment starting this week on new state water quality standards that already have been years in the making in Washington. Anyone who eats or catches fish will want to take a look at them. The new standards are based on higher fish consumption rates that are more realisti

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