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PNS Daily Newscast - June 4, 2020 


Four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd now face criminal charges; faith leaders call for action against racial injustice.

2020Talks - June 4, 2020 


The 2020 Census, delayed because of the new coronavirus, is ramping back up to provide an accurate count so, among other things, states can redraw districts for 2021 and 2022. Plus, national figures across the country decry President Trump's response to protests.

Public News Service - WA: Environmental Justice

Seattle, WA - The State of Washington, and many individual households, are working hard to improve their energy efficiency - and they'd probably like to think the federal government is doing the same. In fact, federal law requires federal agencies to buy the most energy-efficient appliances and fix

Seattle, WA - Who has the right to decide when and how to monitor industrial air pollution--the states or the United States government? A federal appeals court has decided it should be the states' responsibility. The case arose because the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not allo

Seattle, WA – Washington's 2 million acres of roadless national forest land are in legal limbo, now that a federal judge in Wyoming has decided the "Roadless Rule" should not have been enacted back in 2001. He handed down his decision in a case filed by the State of Wyoming, which wants the ab

Seattle, WA – Churches in Washington are taking action on such issues as fair trade, climate change and conservation, and they're part of a national groundswell. A new Sierra Club report features faith groups in every state that are making the environment a top priority. Reverend LeeAnne Ber

Portland, OR – A new federal salmon management plan - a "Biological Opinion" - comes out today. A federal judge rejected the last BiOp six months ago for not doing enough to save the endangered fish. Since then, three Native American tribes, once critical of the plan, have agreed not to challe

Tonasket, WA – A mining company and conservation groups have reached an agreement that keeps them out of court and allows gold mining in the Okanogan Highlands of North Central Washington. The company, Crown Resources, is a subsidiary of Kinross Gold, an international mining firm based in Cana

Olympia, WA – There's new legislation intended to expand protection for "whistle blowers" in Washington state government by expanding the definition of the term. People typically think of whistle-blowing as the exposing of fraud or corruption. However, the bill on Gov. Christine Gregoire's des

Olympia, WA – This month, Governor Chris Gregoire has stepped into the ring twice with the federal government. Washington is a party to two lawsuits against the feds. One challenges new restrictions on how states can provide healthcare for low-income children with federal funds; the other woul

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