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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - WA: Environmental Justice

SEATTLE - Twenty years after the northern spotted owl was afforded heightened protection, questions remain about its future. In 1990, the bird was listed as a threatened species, a decision that has prompted major changes in Northwest timber management ever since. Back then, environmental activists

CENTRALIA, Wash. - A final agreement between the Washington Department of Ecology and TransAlta, the company that owns the coal-fired power plant in Centralia, was released on Monday. It outlines plans to reduce the plant's haze-causing nitrogen oxide pollution and mercury contamination. Conservat

TACOMA, Wash. - Months before the B.P. oil rig disaster, a Tacoma group was working in the Gulf Coast region to determine the potential financial impact of restoring the Mississippi River Delta. Earth Economics did a similar study of Puget Sound in 2008. The group's executive director, economist D

SEATTLE, Wash. - Commercial and sport fishing groups have filed a lawsuit to prompt the Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) to revise one of its water quality standards. It's a move they say would improve salmon survival. The groups want more water spilled over the dams, to boost the migrating fi

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) says it will release a draft plan this summer for transitioning the state's only coal-fired power plant, in Centralia, away from coal as a fuel source. The state and plant owner TransAlta have gotten a lot of heat from conservation groups,

SEATTLE - Keep spilling Snake River water over the dams to protect young salmon. That's the bottom line in a new report by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), and it comes on the heels of a request by the Obama administration to significantly cu

OLYMPIA, Wash. - As lawmakers continue their efforts to close Washington State's multi-billion dollar budget gap, environmentalists are urging them to close a tax loophole for the state's largest polluter. Washington State could save $5 million per year by ending the tax break for TransAlta, the Can

SEATTLE - Scientists who have reviewed the draft of Washington's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan have a disagreement over the numbers. According to the scientists, the population recommendations in the draft plan aren't biologically defensible and will not ensure the reestablishment of a self-

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