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PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 


The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 1, 2020 


Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma all finished up their elections Tuesday, and Medicaid expansion in OK appears to have passed. And, a Supreme Court ruling could open the door for more public money to religious institutions.

Public News Service - WA: Environmental Justice

SEATTLE - A new coalition considers Puget Sound Energy (PSE) a utility company with a split personality. On one hand, it is making impressive investments in wind and solar power. On the other, it is still a major owner of the second-largest coal plant in the western United States. Coal-Free PSE is

SEATTLE - Risks to human health and the environment are the reasons cited for a lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its National Ambient Air Quality Standards. At least 120,000 people a year die from health complications related to breathing dirty air, according to

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon – and anything else swimming in waterways around Vancouver – could have a better new year after a court decision this week. On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that Clark County has to comply with federal clean water laws, which m

SEATTLE - Five oil refineries in Washington will be under new pressure to clean up their airborne emissions as a result of a district court decision on Friday. The Washington Environmental Council and the Sierra Club alleged that the state and regional clean air agencies have been violating the Clea

SEATTLE - Washington's heavy seasonal rains often mean flooded homes and businesses, particularly in the Puget Sound region. Conservation groups say much of the damage is preventable, but that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policies actually encourage development in floodplains. The rai

SEATTLE - The planet is seeing more climate extremes, according to a new report - and in Washington that could mean more fast-moving wildfires. The message is clear here and around the nation, says retired wildland firefighter Bill Moody of Twisp, because the trend is growing toward longer and more

SEATTLE - The Roadless Rule has survived its latest federal court test, a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Oct. 21. Despite overwhelming public support since its creation in 2001, the Roadless Area Conservation Rule has been challenged repeatedly and still faces tests in court and in Congre

SEATTLE - Two dams on Washington's Elwha River will be removed beginning in September. The work is expected to take about three years - but it's been at least 40 years in the making. Rick Rutz of Seattle first began questioning how new dams were approved and existing dams re-licensed - complex fede

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