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PNS Daily Newscast - January 24, 2018 


Following the interview with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Special counsel Robert Mueller is said to be ready to interview President Donald Trump; also on our rundown; a gerrymandering ruling in Pennsylvania called a major victory; and we take you to a state where the homeless count is going digital.

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Public News Service - OR: Public Lands/Wilderness

Oregon's U.S. senators have criticized the Interior Department's proposed changes the sage-grouse conservation plan. (Nick Myatt/Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Interior Department is expected to announce its decision soon on the fate of the sage grouse conservation plan, which spans Oregon and 10 other western states. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says his agency is re-examining the plan to see if it hinders energy development,

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was created in 2000 and expanded in 2017. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

ASHLAND, Ore. – Chambers of Commerce and businesses in Oregon and across the country are telling the director of the National Economic Council that national monuments are integral to local economies. A leaked memo from the Interior Department suggests reducing the size of the Cascade-Siskiyo

The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge has burned more than 48,000 acres. (James C. Kling/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A fire in the Columbia River Gorge is slowing down, but debate over what to do next is just heating up. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has introduced a bill to allow a practice known as salvage logging in the area of the Eagle Creek Fire, which burned more than 48,000 acres in the

The Siletz River Ecosystem in Lincoln County provides some of the drinking water for the county's residents. (osunikon/Flickr)

NEWPORT, Ore. – Can a river defend itself in court? On Monday, a judge in Newport will answer that question in the case of the Siletz River Ecosystem. Last May, Lincoln County residents approved a measure banning aerial pesticide spraying – a measure that stated the river had the "ri

Lifetime senior passes get folks age 62 and older into places such as Crater Lake National Park at a discount. (Andy Melton/Flickr)

CRATER LAKE, Ore. – Oregonians and people across the country age 62 and older have until midnight on Sunday to get a great deal on lifetime passes to national parks and other federal recreational sites. The passes are $10 until Monday when the price increases to $80. It's the first price inc

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is recognized globally for its biological diversity. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Over the weekend, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, one of about two dozen national monuments whose status and borders his agency are reviewing. Zinke met with stakeholders in the region, including state Rep. Pam Marsh of Ashland.

Suction dredge mining disrupts spawning and rearing areas for salmon. (Jeff T. Green/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. – A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that will give salmon some relief from the pull of suction dredge mining. The practice is used to suck up gold on the riverbeds of former mining sites. Gas-powered devices do the suctioning. However, the practice

Oregon has committed to getting all its energy needs from renewable power sources by 2050. (Melanie Connor/GettyImages)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Utility company Portland General Electric (PGE) has suspended its efforts to get permits for two natural-gas plants, in part because of its customers' desire for renewable energy. PGE's coal-fired power plant in Boardman, Ore., is scheduled to shut down in 2020 and, while th

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