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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - WA: Environmental Justice

Local residents look on as Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife biologists outfit a sedated cougar with a GPS collar for their long-term research. Credit: Bill Hebner

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee is being asked to intervene in a dispute between the state Fish and Wildlife Commission and eight groups advocating for Washington's cougar population. The commission decided this spring to increase the percentage of cougars that can be hunted in some areas. The gr

Scott Mazzone, a marine biologist with the Quinault Indian Nation, takes water quality samples. Credit: Debbie Ross-Preston, NW Indian Fisheries Commission.

SEATTLE - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to the water quality standards for human health in Washington, after the state has spent years deciding how to create its own standards. At issue are two key components of water quality, the fish consumption rate and the canc

A small-business coalition says building a large oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver would change the city's character and culture, and end up costing more jobs than it creates. Credit: Washington Department of Transportation.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Small businesses in Vancouver say the city is becoming its own economic powerhouse and doesn't need an oil-shipping terminal to create jobs. Members of the group "Vancouver 101" estimate that if only one in 30 businesses now in the area moves or closes because of a proposed Tesor

Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig arrived in the Seattle area to protests, and left Elliott Bay in mid-June. Credit: Jeff Dunnicliffe for The Backbone Campaign/Flickr.

SEATTLE – It's back to court on Friday for the Port of Seattle, and conservation groups that contend the port commissioners didn't conduct an environmental assessment before signing a lease to allow repair of oil-drilling rigs at the port. The groups maintain the water pollution risks are ob

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

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